Egypt is one of the oldest civilisation, which is still a mystery to most people. There have been many early records of the place, but with everything still being excavated, it is hard to know the whole story. But, with the information we have now, we can safely say that there are certain things about Ancient Egypt that has been unearthed that most people might not be aware of. In this article, we are going to be extensively talking about the things that you may not know about Ancient Egypt.
Cleopatra was not Egyptian
Cleopatra VII was one of the most figures of ancient Egypt which is known to originate from the long line of Greek Macedonians which were the original descendants of Ptolemy I. The Ptolemaic dynasty ruled from Egypt from 323 to 30 BC which was largely based on the culture and sensibilities. It is said that that Cleopatra was famous for being one of the first members of the Ptolemaic dynasty who was fluent in Egyptian.
The ancient Egyptians forged the earliest treaty on record
For the longest time, we believed that the earliest dynasty who forged a treaty was the Hittite Empire which has its control over the lands in Modern Syria. The conflict resulted in the Battle of Kadesh where the Pharaoh Ramses II reigned victoriously. Later the Hattusili III negotiated the famous treaty which helped with the ending of the conflict and decreed the two kingdoms to have the event of an invasion by a third party. Today, the treaty is not recognised by one of the earliest surviving peace accords which can be seen from the entrance in UNSCC in New York.
Ancient Egyptians loved board games
Egyptians often liked to relax by playing board games. There are several different games which can be played, which include the Mehen, dogs, jackals, which was probably one of the most popular games to be played. This past time games can be dated back as far as 3500 BC. Each player has a longboard painted with 30 squares where each player had a set of pieces removed as they moved along. There are many historians who found the painting of Queen Nefertari playing Senet and also other Pharaohs like Tutankhamen being buried with board games in this tombstone.
Egyptian women as a wide range of rights and freedom
Although Egyptian women socially and publicly viewed lesser than men, they still have a lot of freedom when it comes to legal and financial independence. They could easily buy and sell property, serve as juries, make legal contracts. Egyptian women did not work outside the home but received equal pay for doing the same job. Women in ancient Egypt also enjoyed the rights to divorce as well as remarry and were also no stranger to prenuptial agreements.