Representations of the family in the Egyptian Old Kingdom: women and marriage

Kim McCorquodale

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review


An investigation of the iconography and inscriptions in over 800 tombs and objects with provenances, from Old Kingdom Egypt throws light on the roles of women, marriage and inheritance amongst the elite class. The institution of marriage, including instances of divorce and polygamy are explored. This includes the roles of wives, mothers and sisters and the role of the 'eldest' child in inheritance. Instances of more than one eldest child are explored to try to determine the family situation. Changes overtime to the family structure including divorce and polygamy are revealed.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBAR Publishing
Number of pages305
ISBN (Print)9781407311319
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameBAR International Series
PublisherBritish Archaeological Reports

Bibliographical note

Originally presented as: Thesis (Ph.D.), Macquarie University, 2010.


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