S: Ancient Egypt
BC: The End | Made by: Mia S. Dymond L. Brooklyn M.
FC: Ancient Egypt: Social Pyramid
1: Introduction Hi, I am gonna tell you about the social structure of Ancient Egypt, from Pharoh, Goverment Officials, Priests, Scribes, Artisans, and Peasents.
2: First at the bottom of the social pyramid is the workers and farmers. The Bottom of the Heap At the bottom of the social structure were workers and farmers. Slavery became the fate of those captured as prisoners of war. In addition to being forced to work on building projects, slaves toiled at the discretion of the pharaoh or nobles. Farmers tended the fields, raised animals, kept canals and reservoirs in good order, worked in the stone quarries, and built the royal monuments. Farmers paid taxes that could be as much as 60 percent of their yearly harvest — that's a lot of hay! | A very special band of workmen was paid to live inside a number of small, purpose-built villages in ancient Egypt. These were the elite tomb artists and artisans who were commissioned to build and decorate the tombs of pharaohs and other officials. Financed by the ruling pharoah, they included stone masons, plasterers, draftsmen, sculptors, carvers, carpenters, painters and scribes, and they lived in artists’ villages or ‘workshops’ with their families | Artisans
3: Merchants | Ancient Egyptian merchants were people who would go trading with other merchants and brought many valubles to the country. Without them Ancient Egypt probably wouldn't have survived. (maybe) | Scribes & soldiers | To be in the military in ancient Egypt might have been difficult, but the officers and men were certainly in good company. After all, it was common for the son's of kings to serve, and on campaigns, the king often led his troops into battle. In fact, when there were dynastic problems in ancient Egypt, it was often the soldier who became king, such as Horemheb at the end of the 18th Dynasty. However, while there is considerable evidence of the favors bestowed upon elite troops and officers, assessing the fate of the ordinary soldier, who didn't leave tombs decorated with scenes from his life, is more difficult.
4: Ancient Egyptian Government The Ancient Egyptian government was headed and dominated by the Pharaoh. His was the ultimate and greatest power. The 'right hand man' of the Pharaoh was the Vizier (equivalent to a Prime Minister). Court officials and nobles held high office in Ancient Egypt and these, together with the Pharaoh and the vizier, governed the country. The central ancient Egyptian government was responsible for legislation and the administration of certain functions on a national basis, but delegated some responsibilities to local, or provincial administration.
5: PHARAOHS OF ANCIENT EGYPT There were many pharaohs that ruled in Ancient Egypt and all tried to leave an eternal legacy. Of the many mighty pharaohs that ruled only a few have actually accomplished such a goal. Those that have achieved the status have done so through luck as most the tombs have been destroyed or robbed. This unfortunate fact has left many holes into Egyptian life and culture—we can only image how a pharaoh and his people lived their lives.