Daily Life in Ancient Egypt
Daily life in Ancient Egypt was always near the Nile. The yearly flooding of the Nile made the land rich and fertile for the farming and growth of plants. As well as being a great help the Nile was also a very
dangerous river to be near. It caused diseases and even death. The many animals that lived in the Nile such as hippopotamuses and crocodiles were yet another danger. It was a dangerous job just to go fishing!
Most Egyptians worked as scribes, farmers, field hands and craftsmen, but a small number of people were noblemen. Together these people made the population of Ancient Egypt.
Only a small number of boys went to school, but a large number of boys stayed home and learnt trading skills from their fathers.
Girls however didn't get the opportunity to go to school. Girls stayed home and learnt house hold skills from their mothers.They didn't learn academic skills because they normally got married at the age of 12!
Necklaces and braclets were worn by women in ancient Egypt.
All kind of games were played in Ancient Egypt, some for entertament and fun others were to keep fit. Parts of these games have been discovered in drawings found in Saqqara plus many others. These pyramids were bilt around 2600BC and to this day, believe it or not, we still play some of these games. As well as pictures, board games have been found in tombs from the same period of time. Most of the fitness games were depicted in paintings of popurlar games such as hockey, which they used long palm tree branches for sticks and the puck was made from stuffed papyrus stuck in between two pices of leather.
The Ancient Egyptian's diet included a vast amount of fish, grains, fruit and vegetables. They enjoyed beef and other red meats, but some people just could not afford it. They brewed their own beer and made their own wine.
The life of an Ancient Egyptian was short and difficult. Imagine if you were a new born Egyptian living in ancient times. You would not be likely to survive your first years. It was a difficult, tiring and dangerous life. Much different to our lives.
The Ancient Egyptian's houses were built of mud bricks.
The houses were typically built near the Nile where building materials were easily found.
For the Ancient Egyptians facial hair was a sign of uncleanliness and personal neglect. The only exception to this was a man's thin goatee or moustache. In those days there was no soap so slaves or oil would probably be used to make the skin soft and hairs of the area would be shaved. Sharp or blunt tweezers would be used to pick out individual hairs.
Explore more fascinating things about the life of Ancient Egyptians from The British Museum