Ancient Egyptian Hierarchy

Ancient Egyptian Hierarchy

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An Ancient Egyptian Hierarchy.

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  • Pharaoh
  • Vizier
  • Priest
  • The Pharaoh has the most power and authority in the Ancient Egyptian Kingdom. They wear a Pschent (a crown combined of the White and Red Crown after the unification of Egypt), a bull tail, and a false beard, as beards were associated with divinity and power. Pharaohs were also portrayed as conduits between life and the afterlife. 
  • Peasant
  • The Vizier was the highest official in the Egyptian hierarchy. They were appointed by pharaohs, maybe owned by the pharaoh's family. The Vizier would supervise the country, and would be who the pharaoh listened to first. The pharaoh can still overwrite any changes the Vizier has made. Some traits or behaviours required to be a Vizier include to act in accordance with the law, have fair judgement, and to not be willful. 
  • Women
  • The role of the priest would be to care for the needs of the gods in Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians believed that the gods lived in the temples. Only the priest was allowed to enter the sacred areas of the temple, and was the only one allowed to come close to the statue that represented the god or goddess. After the day begins, the priest breaks the seal, says prayers, lights incense and a torch to help walk the god or goddess, washes the statue, and offers jewelry, new clothing, food, and drink to the god or goddess. At the end of the day, the priest reseals the area and sweeps away any footprints they have made. 
  • The Average, Common Person
  • The peasants were poor farmers who produced the country's food, construction workers who helped build the monuments and pyramids for the pharaohs, and were labourers. 
  • The rank of a woman in Ancient Egypt depended on her husband's rank. Unlike in many other societies at the time, women in Ancient Egypt had some special rights, like being able to own their own property or being allowed in court. Women could not have any important administrative roles and could not rule the country, despite many exceptions. Many of the women belonged to the peasantry, working with their husbands in agriculture. Away from their husbands or sons, women could manage businesses. Additionally, women could work as weavers. 
  • The common people of Ancient Egyptian society lived ordinary lives, often finding job opportunities as craftsmen, such as working with gems, metals, and sculptures. 
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