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Djekhy & Son: Doing Business in Ancient Egypt

Koenraad Donker van Heel


Djekhy & Son, two businessmen living 2500 years ago in the densely populated neighborhoods built around the great temple of Amun at Karnak, worked as funerary service providers in the necropolis on the western bank of the Nile. They were also successful agricultural entrepreneurs, cultivating flax and grain. In 1885, the German Egyptologist August Eisenlohr acquired a unique collection of papyri that turned out to be Djekhy's archive of mainly legal documents. Using this rich trove of evidence, augmented by many other sources, the author has painted a vivid picture of life in ancient Egypt bet ... More

Keywords: Djekhy, Iturech, Thebes, 550 BCE, Papyrus Louvre, contract, lease

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9789774164774
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164774.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koenraad Donker van Heel, author
Leiden University