Ancient Greece: The Role Of Women In Ancient Egypt

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The role of women in Ancient Egypt was very progressive in comparison to other ancient societies. This progressive societal system allowed women to have more influence within their families and within Egypt as a whole. Under the law Egyptian men and women were equal. They shared the same economic and legal rights according to the ancient manuscripts of the era allowing women to own property, run businesses, and even borrow money. Legal rights in Ancient Egypt were based more on social class rather than gender. When Egypt was conquered by Greece, Greek women were given fewer privileges than the Egyptian women. Ultimately the Egyptian legal system was more equal than the Greek system.
The rights of Egyptian women encompassed all the legal corners of Egyptian civilization. Women were allowed to assume managerial roles when owning property and trading goods. Resolving legal settlements, divorce, freeing slaves, adopting children, and executing testaments were completely possible for a single Egyptian woman. This amount of freedom contrasted greatly with the Greek legal system where women were required to have a designated partner or male family member to represent them. In the Greek system, this specific man would
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Getting married was considered a duty for the progression of Egypt. However, marriage in Ancient Egypt contrasts to marriage today. Men were able to marry multiple times, and the marriage of close family such as brothers, sisters, and cousins was permitted. Yet incest was looked down upon unless in the royal family, where incest was used to protect the ruling family. There was also no age limit to become married, generally women were not married until they had begun to menstruate around the age of 14. However there is evidence of women becoming married around earlier ages. Marriage required no spiritual or legal ritual and no formalities, very different to any type of marriage seen