It’s not all democratization

Up to the Middle Kingdom, many priests, especially those in the lowest category, were the sons of non-priestly parents. But by the Twentieth Dynasty, and in some cases as early as Dynasty XII, priestly status seems to have become hereditary, with purely priestly families coming into being. Later on, perhaps as early as the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty, and certainly by the Ptolemaic period, admittance to the priesthood was restricted to persons of priestly descent.

– Barbara Watterson, The House of Horus at Edfu: Ritual in an Ancient Egyptian Temple


One thought on “It’s not all democratization

  1. Reblogged this on Into The Mist / No Nevoeiro and commented:
    Oh man… caste system in Egypt??? PUH-LEASE!

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