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Fridays – The Role(s) of Women in Ancient Egypt

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Fridays – The Role(s) of Women in Ancient Egypt

1/14 & 1/21

11:00 AM/CH

Instructor: Stephen “Dr. Steve” Phillips, Ph.D.

Ancient Egypt was a male dominated culture, like many other ancient populations. Women were not, however, merely silent witnesses. Did you know that an ancient Egyptian woman could obtain a divorce, own property, and craft her own will? In addition to their central roles in family life, many women held important positions in numerous aspects of ancient Egyptian society. In fact, several women actually ruled as pharaohs over the course of Egyptian history. Relying on data obtained from archaeology and anthropology, this lecture illuminates the role of both the non-royal and the royal women of ancient Egypt, including powerful leaders such as Tiye, Hatshepsut, and Nefertiti.