Although soldiers at the beginning of Egypt's New Kingdom period wore no armor, they began to wear bronze or leather helmets and armor after they defeated Hyksos. Around the same time, they went from using primitive weapons to more effective weapons like spears, swords and daggers.Know More
A soldier's rank generally factored into the type of armor that he would wear. A senior commander was protected by bronze armor, while other lesser-ranking soldiers wore heavy cloth patches called sporrans in front of the genital area and were protected by only light shields made from animal hides.
The lowest-ranking of all men in the Egyptian army were conscripted into service by the pharaoh against their will. These men were often armed with just a spear, and they went into battle wearing only a pair of sandals and a tunic.
The Egyptian army was broken up into distinct ranks, and there were 50 ranks in all. The highest of all ranks were not earned but were instead passed down from a father to his son. Divisions of the army were broken into groups of 5,000 men who were led by a general. The divisions were broken down further into companies numbering 200 men and then finally into platoons of 10 men. The banner of the local god would fly above the division.Learn more about Ancient Egypt
Most times, ancient Egyptian pharaohs wore fine linen aprons or kilts, known as a shendyt. To display their power, prestige and association with the gods, pharaohs wore different clothes than the nobles and common people. First found in the 4th Dynasty, these kilts were covered with fine accordion pleating and wrapped counter-clockwise around the king's body. On their feet, pharaohs wore elaborate sandals made of feathers.Full Answer >
Ancient Egypt existed between the years of 3000 B.C. and 342 B.C. The Ancient Egyptian civilization was responsible for many advancements, including hieroglyphics, the pyramids and developments in agriculture.Full Answer >
Ancient Egyptian priests wore simple clothes of linen, with white papyrus shoes. Other materials, such as wool, were prohibited. Some sects, such as mortuary priests, were permitted to wear other items.Full Answer >
Homes in ancient Egypt varied based on the social status of the inhabitant. They did share some similar characteristics including flat roofs, a centrally located hearth and an average of four rooms.Full Answer >