While Egyptian adults played games like dice, senet, checkers or sports for fun, children played with dolls, spinning tops and also enjoyed outdoor games. Sports, such as wrestling, boxing, boat competitions and fencing, were also an important part of Egyptian leisure life.
Senet was a very popular board game that is an ancient version of snakes and ladder. The object of the game was to move a piece through a snake-like path and finish on a square that represented either good or bad fortune. Another board game played by the ancient Egyptians was 20 squares.
Children enjoyed outdoor games like ball, tug of war, racing, shooting arrows, and piggyback. Girls danced and played with dolls and other toys.
Egyptians also had fun at parties where there would be flute or harp music. Dancers used rattles called sistras while dancing.Learn More
Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt and the last of the dynasty of Macedonian rulers, but she is best known for her romantic relationships and military alliances with Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Cleopatra not only ruled Egypt but also influenced Roman politics during a crucial period. Her legend also consists of tales of her exotic beauty and powers of seduction, although these are unverified and likely romanticized.Full Answer >
In 747 B.C., Piye, the Kushite ruler of Nubia, attempted to conquer Egypt. Within the first decade of his reign, he had conquered Upper Egypt. In 728 B.C., an alliance of Lower Egyptian rulers led by Tefnakhte formed to fight the Nubians, but they were defeated by Piye.Full Answer >
Although slaves in ancient Egypt worked very hard and were at the disposal of their masters, ancient manuscripts and relics suggest that their lives were comparatively better than those of slaves in other cultures. In fact, there is very little distinction in Egyptian records between slaves and servants. Slaves were housed, fed, and given breaks throughout the workday. They also worked set hours, much like workers of today.Full Answer >
Egyptian pharaohs wore intricate fine linen kilts called the Shendyt, the Nemes, gold pendants and sandals made from feather. Servants typically bathed the pharaohs, cut their hair and arranged a wig composed of human hair on their heads.Full Answer >