Life Advice from Ancient Egypt

Egyptian instructional literature advises the individual to have fun as a child, then to get an education and find employment and, finally, to find a spouse and start a family. If the marriage does not work out, the person is advised to get a divorce and find another, more compatible, companion. Among the other admonitions in the Egyptian literature are do not lie or steal, honor your mother and father, care for and respect the aged, and show up for your job (but it is all right to cheat a little on the “time card”). Live a modest life – do not be a braggart, do not start fights, beware of prostitutes (they will “cut your purse”), and be obedient to your superiors. In addition, appearance and grooming were an important concern and investment for the ancient Egyptians.

Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt, Emily Teeter

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