Question: What were relationships like in ancient Egypt?

Ancient Egyptians cared deeply about family, but marriage was a personal choice decided by the couple who wanted to get married. Polygamy and even adultery were acceptable for men, and, ironically, women were treated respectfully. Marriage was a personal choice in Ancient Egypt and divorce was fairly common.

Did Ancient Egyptians marry for love?

Although marriages in ancient Egypt were arranged for communal stability and personal advancement, there is evidence that romantic love was as important to the people as it is to those in today.

How did Egyptians show affection?

The Ancient Egyptians portrayed scenes of love and respect between men and their wives on the walls of temples. They also married young, with men often marrying by the age of 17 and women by the age of 14, according to Zahi Hawas in his book, “Family in the Period of Ancient Egyptians.”

What are pharaohs wives called?

The Pharaohs wife, or Queen of Egypt, was also considered a powerful ruler. She was called the Great Royal Wife. Sometimes women became the rulers and were called Pharaoh, but it was generally men.

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