Women in Ancient Egypt

Let’s face it, the ancient world was not a great place for the ladies. In most ancient societies (and some modern ones), women were treated as objects that were used to cement political alliances or valued only for their sexuality and childbearing potential. However, ancient Egypt seems to be an exception. Women in ancient Egypt could own property, marry whoever they wanted, and could enter a variety of professions–some even held the office of Pharaoh. However, there were many negatives attitudes toward women. It was thought that women should remain at home and live private lives, while men entered public life. Women were also considered to be seducers and temptresses who lead men to harm. In this episode of the podcast we’ll break down the role of women in ancient and try to determine exactly how much freedom women had.

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