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Top 6 Books on Ancient Egyptian Women


Ancient Egyptian women had more powers relative to the men of Egyptian society than their counterparts in Greece and Rome. There were even pharaohs and pharaohs wives who were important in Egyptian policy making. Read about the lives of the rich and famous as well as ordinary Egyptian women.

1. Women in Hellenistic Egypt

Sarah Pomeroy's "Women in Helenistic Egypt: From Alexander to Cleopatra" examines the roles of women as queens, wives, businesswomen, and slaves in Ptolemaic Egypt.
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2. Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt : A Sourcebook

"Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt: A Sourcebook," edited by Jane Rowlandson and Roger S. Bagnall, contains more than 300 translated texts illustrating women's lives in Greek and Roman Egypt. There are notes, an introduction, and 50 illustrations.
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3. Women in Ancient Egypt

Gay Robins looks through the idealized version of women apparent in the art of Ancient Egypt to see what life was really like publicly and privately for Ancient Egyptian women.
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4. Cleopatras

John Whitehorne traces the turbulent lives of the namesakes of the most famous queen of Egypt, especially the earlier Macedonian and Ptolemaic queens of Egypt.
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5. Silent Images: Women in Pharaonic Egypt

Zahi Hawass looks at the daily life of the ancient Egyptian woman from the perspective of modern Egypt. In the introduction, Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of the president of Egypt, says that ancient Egyptian women had more rights than other women of the times. More than 150 illustrations.
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6. Women in Ancient Egypt Vol. I

"Women in Ancient Egypt," by Barbara Watterson reconstructs the daily life of ordinary ancient Egyptian women and their occupations, to 30 B.C., from written records, monuments, sculpture, and tomb paintings. Includes illustrations, bibliography, and detailed references.
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