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The Girl With the Rose Red Slippers
Transcript of The Girl With the Rose Red Slippers
Egyptians occupy Cyprus (560 BC)- lost the island to Persians (545 BC)
Persians invade and conquer Egypt (526 BC)
Both men and women wore makeup- healing properties
Women did not have any fashion prohibitions- more clothes a woman wore the higher her social status
Women had more freedoms than other civilizations- was allowed to remarry and divorce, was financially independent, could serve juries and make wills
(570- 526 BC)
Amasis was not a descendant of the kings of the 26th Dynasty, but a general of the army in Nubia who led a revolt against Apries. Despite the fact that Egypt was no longer in imperial power, during his long reign it prospered by foreign trade and careful diplomacy. He continued to employ large numbers of foreign mercenaries, particularly Greeks, in the army and maintained a strong navy that protected the trade routes.
Amasis' was the Pharaoh's Greek name. His birth name was Ahmose II and his throne name was Khnem-ib-re. He may have been the son of Lady Takheredeneset, a peasant.
Had a diet of beer, wine, bread, and honey- all high in suger, Pharaohs were probably fat
Animals were seen as incarnations of the gods- especially fond of cats, lions, baboons, etc
Polytheistic- believed in multiple gods
Considered the first Cinderella story
Original author unknown
Herodotus- died 425 BC, greek historian
Strabo- died 24 AD, roman historian and geographer
Aelian- died 235 AD
Was It Real?
Rhodopis was a real person. According to the historian Strabo Rhodopis' name was actually Doricha.
Rhodopis was probably her stage name, means "rosy cheeks"
Two Masters, Iadmon and Xanathes
Sold to merchant, Charaxus
Swindled Charaxus of his property, herself, as she was supposed to be a slave but Charaxus bought her freedom
Charaxus' brother/ sister Sappho, a poet, wrote about her treachery and used the name Doricha
Was religious and donated money to help rebuild the Temple of Delphi- large contributors had their name engraved on iron spits to commemorate them
Century later Herodotus counts Rhodopis' name ten times
What was NOT Real?
Rhodopis did not build the third pyramid of the Great Pyramids.
Was actually built by Menkaure of the 4th Dynasty, 2500 BCE
This confusion might have come from the confusion with Queen Nitocris who may have not even been real.
Queen Nitocris' throne name was Menkaura and may have been mistaken with Menkaure.
Confusion with Nitocris and Rhodopis probably came from the fact that legend said Rhodopis was a queen.
Very possible that Rhodopis may have become a concubine to the Pharaoh, Amasis
Art and Architecture
Many sculptures and paintings of animals in representation and protection of the gods.
Egyptian drawings showed the ancient egyptians daily lives as well as legends and stories of their gods.
In a deceased person's tomb drawings would be drawn of the person going about daily things such as cooking and fishing so that the person may do those same activities in the afterlife.
Gods had an animals head
There was a slave girl named Rhodopis
Her master took her to Naucratis to sell her for money.
The merchant, Charaxas became so enchanted by Rhodopis' beauty that he bidded the highest and bought her.
Rhodopis told Charaxas about her life. She was stolen by pirates as a child and sold into slavery and grew up on an island called Samos.
Charaxas pitied Rhodopis and soon became besotted with her.
One day while Rhodopis was taking a bath in the garden fountain an eagle flew down and took one of Rhodopis' rose red slippers, a gift from Charaxas.
The eagle flew and dropped the slipper into the Pharaoh Amasis' lap startling his court.
Amasis soon became enchanted with the slipper and believed the girl who wore the slipper was the most beautiful of the world.
Amasis believed that the eagle was the god Horus guiding him to marry the girl whose foot fit the rose red slipper.
Amasis sent out messengers and eventually came upon Rhodopis in Naucratis.
Amasis and Rhodopis were married and Rhodopis was named queen.
3 Key Points
Time Period of the Story: 570- 526 BC
Rhodopis was a real person
The Girl with the Rose Red Slippers is considered the first Cinderella story
The author is unknown but the story has been recorded by three different people who lived far after the time of the story.
By: Sunny Chang, Arturo Chavez, and Verenise Pastrano
Roman Slippers found in Egypt: 300- 400 BC