Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Egypt


"This splendidly clear, full and often amusing account of ancient Egypt would surely have met with the approval of Herodotus himself."?Sunday Telegraph.

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"This splendidly clear, full and often amusing account of ancient Egypt would surely have met with the approval of Herodotus himself."—Sunday Telegraph.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Histories of women usually bring with them histories of women's world and women's work-in other words, the daily life of a culture. This look at ancient Egyptian women is no different. British archaeologist and researcher Tyldesley illuminates women's positions as cooks, washerwomen, dancers, mourners, weavers, priestesses, mothers, wives and-on very rare occasions-pharaohs. Tyldesley doesn't try to simplify a subject complicated by linguistic subtleties, lack of archaeological evidence, ancient propaganda and the orientalist mythology of seething harems that early excavators imposed on ambiguous digs. What she does, and does well, is give an idea of what evidence is available and, in accessible, slyly cheery prose, recreate how women (and men) shopped, dressed and ate (``the menus of the poor and less enterprising usually involved a fairly dull and rather flatulent rotation of bread, onions, lettuce, radish and pulses''). Most intriguing, though, are Tyldesley's all-too-brief initial observations of the standing of Egyptian women. For all its emphasis on tradition, Egypt differed from much of the worst of Graeco-Roman paternalism: women were important factors in a child's heredity, not just passive bearers of men's genetics; they could own property; make legally binding contracts; sue; and, most amazingly, live alone. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140175967
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 545,503
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Tyldesley, holder of a doctorate from Oxford University, is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics, and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University, England. She is the author of Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh and Daughters of Isis: Women of Ancient Eygpt.

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Table of Contents

Daughters of Isis List of Plates
List of Figures
List of Maps and Chronologies
Introduction: The Geographical and Historical Background
1. Images of Women
2. Married Bliss
3. Mistress of the House
4. Work and Play
5. Good Grooming
6. The Royal Harem
7. Female Kings
8. Religious Life and Death
Selected Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2003

    Very interesting and enlightening

    I found this book to be very helpful as I wrote book 7 in my series Beneath the Wings Of Isis (fiction). I found more information in this little book than in some of the larger and more expensive books. A wonderful research find! Well-written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2001

    Interesting read

    This is an interesting read. This title covers many issues, from religion, childbirth, economics, clothing, legal status. Unusually well written for a history book. The women of ancient Egypt did not have easier lives than their sisters in Greece, Rome or in ancient Palestine, but their lives were not as shabby.

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