Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

Random Historical Facts: Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian women were fortunate, because they were regarded as totally equal to men as far as the law was concerned. They could own property, borrow money, sign contracts, initiate divorce, and appear in court as witnesses. 

Posted 03/01/2012

In ancient Egypt, religion played no part in marriage. Marriage was a purely civil affair. 

  Posted 06/01/2013        

Ancient Egyptian female brewers of beer were held in high esteem.

Posted 03/01/2014

The ancient Egyptians used melted beeswax to style their wigs.

Posted 04/15/2015

In ancient Egypt, many taverns, called houses of beer, were run by women.

Posted 03/15/2016

The ancient Egyptians kissed, not by touching lips, but by touching noses.

Posted 02/01/2017

In ancient Egypt, marriage settlements, very similar to today’s prenuptial agreements, were drawn up between a woman’s father and her prospective husband, although many times the woman herself took part in the contract negotiations.

Posted 06/15/2018

In ancient Egypt, writing or calculating goes from right to left, rather than from left to right like the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Posted 09/15/2018


In ancient Egypt the year began at summer solstice, which celebrated the rising of Sothis/Isis/Sirius from 70 days’ absence in the underworld and was the occasion of the New Year feast.  The year was made of 360 days, with five extra days for the large festivals celebrating the birth of Osiris, Isis, Set, Nepthys, and Neith.

Posted 06/15/2019

The first record of coriander is on an Egyptian medical papyrus from 1552 B.C.E.

Posted 08/15/2019

 Killing a cat in Ancient Egypt carried the death penalty.

Posted 07/15/2020

 The earliest record of juggling is a painting on the wall of Tomb 15 in Egypt's Ben Hasan cemetery complex that dates from 1994-1781 BCE. This tomb belonged to Baqet III, a provincial governor of Menat-Khufu. It depicts female dancers and acrobats juggling up to three balls, and one of the girls is juggling with her arms crossed.

Posted 05/1/2020