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Women’s prestige was high enough that misfortune falling upon a widower was first attributed to some 'sin' he had hidden from his wife which she, now all-knowing in the Field of Reeds, was punishing him for.
Even so, there is ample evidence of women tending to chores outside of the home such as the care of livestock, the supervision of workers in the fields (even doing field work herself) the maintenance of tools, buying and selling slaves and real estate and taking part in the commerce of the market place (all of these rights and responsibilities, to this extent, the women of Sumeria and Greece never had).) which was valued by the gods and, especially, the great goddess Ma’at, she of the white feather of Truth.
Marriage was considered a pact between a husband and wife for a lifelong commitment of equal partnership and companionship which could only be broken by death (which was the will of the gods, not of the individual marriage partners) although divorce was common in practice.
From the time I lived with thee as thy husband down to today, what have I done to thee that I need hide?
When thou didst sicken of the illness which thou hadst, I caused a master-physician to be fetched…I spent eight months without eating and drinking like a man.
Women were always shown as youthful with an emphasis on the female form.
In tomb paintings a man’s wife, sisters and mother appear to be the same age because depictions of old age in a woman (past child-bearing years) was considered disrespectful to the individual who, after all, would be young and beautiful again after shedding the body and entering the afterlife of the Field of Reeds.Although women in all levels of Egypian society continued to depend largely on the males of the family for sustenance and status, Egyptian women enjoyed greater freedoms and responsibilities than women anywhere else in the known world at that time.The cosmopolitan and cultured manner of Egyptian women is often emphasized in tomb paintings and reliefs and it is worth noting that the famous pharaoh Cleopatra, though Greek, adopted Egyptian ways and was noted for her refinement and charm.Other theories have suggested that she was born in a foreign country, possibly Syria.The exact date when Nefertiti married Amenhotep III's son, the future pharaoh Amenhotep IV, is unknown.I wept exceedingly together with my household in front of my street-quarter.I gave linen clothes to wrap thee and left no benefit undone that had to be performed for thee.Nefertiti, whose name means "a beautiful woman has come," was the queen of Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century B. She and her husband established the cult of Aten, the sun god, and promoted Egyptian artwork that was radically different from its predecessors.A bust of Nefertiti is one of the most iconic symbols of Egypt.Egyptian women were equal in the court system and could act as witnesses, plaintiffs or defendants (as we would understand those terms today).Women were accountable for crimes they committed and would have to stand trial the same as any man.