Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt by Carolyn Graves-BrownDancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt by Carolyn Graves-Brown

Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient Egypt

byCarolyn Graves-Brown

Hardcover | July 7, 2010

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The fragmentary evidence allows us only tantalising glimpses of the sophisticated and complex society of the ancient Egyptians, but the Greek historian Herodotus believed that the Egyptians had 'reversed the ordinary practices of mankind' in treating their women better than any of the other civilizations of the ancient world¿. Carolyn Graves-Brown draws on funerary remains, tomb paintings, architecture and textual evidence to explore¿all aspects of women in Egypt from goddesses and queens to women as the 'vessels of creation'. Perhaps surprisingly the most common career for women, after housewife and mother, was the priesthood, where women served¿deities, notably Hathor, with music and dance. Many would come to the temples of Hathor to have their dreams interpreted, or to seek divine inspiration. This is a wide ranging and revealing account¿told with authority and verve.¿
Title:Dancing for Hathor: Women in Ancient EgyptFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.75 inPublished:July 7, 2010Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1847250548

ISBN - 13:9781847250544

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChronologyChapter 1:¿Rich women, poor womenChapter 2: Changing worldsChapter 3: 'The Egyptians in their manners and customs seem to have reversed the ordinary practices of mankind'Chapter 4: Birth, life and deathChapter 5: Women's workChapter 6: Sexuality, art and religionChapter 7: Queens and haremsChapter 8: GoddessesConclusion

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