Eygyptian social class

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  • Our story begins with Jipsi going back in time to research Egypt for her social studies project.   She steps in a time machine and  is in the Pharaoh's palace.  There she meets Bobby.  She asks Bobby about Egyptian social class. Bobby-”Shh!. Don’t move!” Jipsi-” And why not?” Bobby-”You don’t want to wake the Pharaoh. You know peasants will be put to death if we wake the pharaoh.” Jipsi- “Oh. I didn’t know that. Why would the Pharaoh  put peasants to death? Bobby-”Because the only people that can wake the pharaoh up is everyone that is Above the peasants in social class, which are the artisans, scribes, priests, and the government officials. Jipsi-  “Are you at the bottom of the social scale? Bobby- “Yes. l will tell you more about it.”
  • Bobby-” We peasants are the lowest, least respected, and largest social class in Egypt. We are considered unskilled workers. Even though the Egyptian society depends on our work. A few of us became masters at our craft and get honored for our work. But we can never move up or change social class unless we become a scribe. So we have to be quiet, because if peasants wake the Pharaoh, we are put to death!!!” Jipsi- “That is terrible.” (102.1)
  • Bobby-  “The artisans are one step higher in the social class.” Jipsi- “What are artisans?” Bobby-”Artisans are, stone carvers, carpenters, jewelers, potters, weavers, metal and leather worker . They make beautiful objects, statuses, engravings, jewelry and reliefs around egyptian temples, tombs, and monuments. Artisans are important because tomb building. Artisans also create the artwork that covers temples tombs and monuments.” Jipsi-”Like her?” Bobby-”Yes,but most artisans are men but some women wove fabric, beaded dresses, and made perfume.”(100.1.2.3)
  • Bobby-”Look at the writing on the wall.  Now let’s talk about scribes. In the social pyramid,scribes were one level below the priests. Scribes were Egypt’s  writers  and record keepers. Scribes write hieroglyphs. They study for twelve years and learn to write 700 letters.  Scribes are respected and make a lot of money.  Scribes work for the government, priests and nobles. Scribs are important because they keep written records.”   Jipsi-” Can anyone be a scribe?” Bobby- “ Only men and they start school at five years old.”                 (98.1.2.3.4)
  • Bobby- Priests make up the third social class, and the government is the 2nd highest social class. The high priest are important because they advised the pharaoh and oversaw the religious ceremonies. Temple priest have a major role in egyptian religion. The government official help the Pharoah rule the country. And the Pharoh rules us all.” Jipsi-That’s like in my world, where the congress helps the President with laws. Priest are important in my world too. We go to priest and religious leaders and places for prayer. Thank you, I think I have enough information for my assignment. Time to go home. Good bye!” Bobby-Good bye (99.1.2.3)
  • Jipsi- ‘Wow. That was a lot like my school's social pyramid, because the students are like peasants, the artisans are the student council, the scribes are the teachers, and the priests are the office staff. The assistant principals are the government officials and the Principal is the Pharaoh.  It is all the same. But without the students or the peasants, there is no school or kingdom.’
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