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• Women held various positions—supervisor of farm workers or hunters, priestess, dancer, supervisor of temples and religious sites, and regent

• Women had most of the rights men had—they could own property, run businesses, enter into legal contracts, and travel freely

• Most peasants worked the land of wealthier people; during flood season, they worked on roads, temples, and other buildings; when waters went down, they planted and harvested crops; most peasants helped with the harvest

• Captured prisoners became slaves—slaves had some rights in Egyptian society; they could own personal items and inherit land from their masters

• Egyptian society had social classes—pharaoh, upper class (priests, pharaoh’s court, nobles with large estates), middle class (merchants, skilled workers), and peasants (large group of farm laborers, and builders)

Everyday Life

Achievements

• Created medicines from plants

• Performed surgery, set broken bones, and treated injuries

• Had a standard unit of measurement

• Used basic math—addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions—to find solutions to everyday problems

• Determined the length of a year (365 days) based on astronomical observations

• Made papyrus—an early form of paper—from reeds found in the Nile delta

• Used a writing system of hieroglyphs

Egyptian Culture

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