Daily Life of Women in Ancient Egypt
by Lisa K. Sabbahy
March 2022, 149pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7013-2
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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In 2014, a tattooed mummy was uncovered at Deir el-Medineh that was believed to have been a “wise woman” or a “scorpion charmer.”

Readable and scholarly, this up-to-date book covers every aspect of the life of women in ancient Egypt.

This book focuses on the life of women in ancient Egypt, while also putting forth a vast array of information about ancient Egyptians in general. Readers begin with a short but thorough introduction to the three great periods of Pharaonic civilization: the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom, and the New Kingdom. Main chapters include the newest evidence scholars have uncovered at important archeological sites in ancient Egypt.

The scope of this book is wide and all inclusive, even though it is focused on the life of ancient Egyptian women. The topics in the book cover a vast amount of the knowledge we have about the ancient Egyptians, including material on architecture, art, law, education, medicine, food, religion, music, and spiritual beliefs. It is important to point out that royal women are only discussed in one chapter, so that more “ordinary” ancient Egyptians are the focus of the book. This book is also designed to be readable for people without any background knowledge of the time period. Any reader interested in ancient Egypt will discover a great deal of material.


  • Begins with introductory material so that a reader can acquire any needed background information
  • Focuses on the lives of "typical women" in ancient Egypt rather than royal women
  • Includes introductions to each chapter comprised of a short story of a women in a situation discussed in that chapter
  • Includes a short Bibliography at the end of each chapter, listing the sources used and making it easy for readers to do further research
Lisa K. Sabbahy holds a PhD from the University of Toronto in Egyptian archaeology and is assistant professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo. Sabbahy's areas of special interest are royal women and their titles; the position and status of ancient Egyptian women; and infectious disease in ancient Egypt. At AUC, Sabbahy teaches a wide variety of Egyptology courses, including: History of Ancient Egypt; Archaeological and Historical Method and Theory; Material Culture; Gender in Ancient Egypt; and Research Design and Writing.

Her most recent publications include ABC-CLIO's All Things Ancient Egypt: An Encyclopedia of the Ancient Egyptian World; "King's Mother in the Old and Middle Kingdoms" in Routledge Companion to Women and Monarchy in the Ancient Mediterranean World; and Kingship, Power, and Legitimacy in Ancient Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom.


"Engaging and readable, this volume is suitable for high-school, college, and university libraries."—Booklist, June 30, 2022

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. Supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes provide an in-depth exploration of daily life throughout history.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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