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A Day in the Life of a Scribe
Transcript of A Day in the Life of a Scribe
(HISTORYLINK101 2012) What other things did Scribes do? Who Could Become a Scribe? The position of scribe was often inherited and passed from generation to generation in the same families. A scribe recorded in writing the everyday life and extraordinary happenings in ancient Egypt. Their jobs were varied and included: What was the job of the Scribe? Scribes usually wrote on papyrus with reed brushes dipped in ink. The ancient Egyptians made ink by grinding brightly coloured minerals into powder, then mixing the powder with liquid so that it was easier to apply. What Tools did Scribes use? Some of the many jobs that scribes did on an everyday basis were; tallied the harvest, collected taxes and compiled records. What kind of things did scribes do? In the tomb-makers’ village, scribes kept track of tools and materials, rationed food, and wrote daily reports. At five years old many boys followed their father’s footsteps and became a scribe (Scribes were always boys; girls did not usually learn how to read and write, unless they were a doctor.) What age did people learn to become a scribe? Map of Ancient Egypts Terrain. What level were scribes on the social piramid? Scribes were on the 4th higest level on
the social piramid. Bibliography writing letters for fellow villagers who couldn't write recording the amount of crops harvested calculating the amount of food needed to feed the tomb workers keeping accounts and ordering supplies for temples and the Egyptian army Lifestyle "Because it was so hot, most people wore white linen clothes. Men wore kilts and women wore a straight dress." Clothing Housing Family In the Egyptian family the father was responsible for providing for his family. The mother stayed home and raised the children. Small children and other female relatives lived in a special part of the house. Much of the children's time was spent in training for their adulthood. By age four the children would help their parents in the field or train as craftsmen. “Egyptian homes were made from bricks. Bricks were made of sun dried mud. Mud bricks lasted a long time in the hot country which had little rainfall. The homes had low arched doorways. Some had windows with wooden shutters. The floor was dirt. In cities commoners lived in town houses usually two to three stories high. The first story of the town home was usually reserved for businesses, while the second and third floors provided the family living space.” Religion “The Egyptians had strong religious beliefs. Two important gods of the Egyptians were Osiris, god of the Nile, and Isis, god of fertility. The Egyptians believed in many gods. They believed that many things held power. They worshipped gods of the stars, stones, and water. Each city had its own god or goddess. The local gods were not worshipped. They were thought of as someone to bargain with for favours.” (ORACLE 2011) (ORACLE 2011) (ORACLE 2011) (ORACLE 2011) Leisure Ancient Egyptians loved hunting and fishing.Men also enjoyed boxing, wrestling and archery. This is a reliable primary
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