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Djekhy & SonDoing Business in Ancient Egypt$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164774

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164774.001.0001

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Grain Iturech 550–536 bce

Grain Iturech 550–536 bce

(p.101) 6 Grain Iturech 550–536 BCE
Djekhy & Son

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

Djekhy's son Iturech had taken over Djekhy & Son and had become the new owner of the archive. On the basis of what we know from other sources, it is likely that Iturech was regularly involved in the family business from his tenth birthday onward. Documents like P. Louvre E 7861 and 7848—both dealing with Djekhy's business quarrels—would have been useful tools for Djekhy to teach his son how to navigate the ancient Egyptian business world.We know from their business dealings that both men were skilled at accounting. We do not know, however, whether either Djekhy or Iturech could write. Literacy rates were very low in ancient Egypt.

Keywords:   Djekhy & Son, Iturech, Thebes, land, Papyrus Louvre, Amun, land, harvest, tax

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