Women of Ancient Egypt
Date(s) - 08/28/2020 - 09/02/2020
11:00 am - 11:55 am
Kristen J. Henderson
Join me on Part 2 of this Ancient Egypt series as we study Ancient Egypt through the lives of women – Queens, princesses, the harem and the everyday Egyptian woman. **This course is 25% less than all of my other courses because I really want students to be able to take this class and love this topic!** This course can be taken before or after Part 1 in this series.
Ancient Egyptian royalty were considered to be both divine deities as well as mortal rulers but what were lives really like for Egyptian royal women? Queens, princesses and members of the royal harem? Where did they live and what did they do during the day? Did they go to school? How did they dress and what did they eat? Studying Ancient Egypt royalty is a study of power, and specifically of how to maintain the power of the one over the many. This course includes examples of how royal women were used as propagandist tools to make sure the pharaonic regime flourished but how, sometimes, they were able to rise above a symbolic status and obtain real power. Lets study how they did this! However, most Ancient Egyptian women belonged to the peasantry, and worked alongside their husbands doing agricultural work as Ancient Egypt was an agrarian society. Women were known to manage farms or businesses in the absence of their husbands or sons and lets learn about what kind of businesses those were. What kind of protections did Egyptian women have under the law – both for their businesses and their own lives? How did marriage work? Divorce? Did non-royal children go to school? If they did, what did they study? So lets dive in to the world of Ancient Egypt, viewed through the lens of both royal and non-royal women. Day 1: Neith, Neithhotep, Priesthood and Day 2: Merineith, Royal Women, Human Sacrifice, the role of Priestesses Day 3: Jewlery, Amulets, Ancient Egyptian Make-up, Hatsheput, Neferu-Ra Day 4: Fashion, Jewelry, Perfume, 19th Dynasty, Nefertari Day 5: The Harem, Nefertiti, Neferneferuaten, Meritaten