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Pharoahs' Concubines

 
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Casey
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 12:34 pm    Post subject: Pharoahs' Concubines Reply with quote

Wondered if anyone can help - would Pharoahs have ever taken uneductated townswomen - peasants, i suppose - as concubines? If he had an eye for such a girl, would she have felt too honoured to refuse (if she were single, i know peasant Ancient Egyptians were fairly monongamous) - or could she have safely rejected his advances??

any help/links appreciated, i'm having trouble finding out much about concubines, except that some Pharoahs (eg Ramses III i think) had a lot of them.

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Casey
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Casey. I don't think the pharaohs took peasants as concubines but there may be someone more knowledgeable than I here.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Amun-Ra. Hmm, that's what i was thinking - information is just so scarce on this subject. I suspect you are right, egyptian royalty would have had their pick of the women, so concubines would have probably at least have been noble women...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No they would have not taken towns women as lovers.

They believed to be Gods didn't they so I highly doubt it!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were foreign princesses in the harems too. Must have been good to be pharoah Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt they even really saw townsfolk too much. And they would consider themselves above townsfolk. Though I suppose it would not be totally impossible. If there were peasant concubines they were few and far between I bet.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, good points Sitra and NileQueen.

Yeh, amun-ra! Their lives were short but often sweet Smile

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