Goverment in Ancient Eygpt

All about Life in Ancient Eygept

law and court


The ancient Egyptian legal system was based on common sense. The Egyptian goddess Ma'at was the goddess of justice. Basically, the law followed the teachings of Ma'at, according to the priests, about what was right and wrong.The ancient Egyptians did have a court system. There was a lower court and a high court. The supreme high court judge was Pharaoh, who assigned his vizier to this job, to hear the case and act as judge.When a dispute was settled in lower court, both sides were heard, and a common sense decision was made by the lower court based on the facts presented. However, if you did not like the decision of the lower court, you could come before the Vizier on a first come, first served basis, and present your case again. Even though the Vizier tried to be fair, it was not smart to come before the Vizier unless your case was serious, and you had evidence to show that the lower court's decision was in error because the Vizier's decision was final

Education in Ancient Eygpt

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People who could afford it sent their boys to be educated at the temple school, called the House of Life. Those who could not taught their boys at home. Girls were taught at home. Some were taught to read and write, as well as how to manage a home.

The children followed in their parents footsteps. If your father was a baker, so were you, unless you were accepted as a scribe. The profession of scribe would allow you to climb the social ladder.

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The temples


Temples were used for a great many community activities. The women came every day with offerings of food and goods they had made. Most stayed to chat with the other women who had stopped by. A room in the temple was offered to visiting guests, rather like a hotel room. Grain was stored there so that it could be shared with whomever needed it. School was held in the temples. People came to pray to the temple gods. Temples in ancient Egypt were busy places.

Temples in ancient Egypt were robbed for the valuable objects inside, but also were robbed of the very stones with which they were made.

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