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Mrs. Tsenhor – A Female Entrepreneur in Ancient Egypt - Cairo Scholarship Online
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Mrs. Tsenhor: A Female Entrepreneur in Ancient Egypt

Koenraad Donker van Heel


Reconstruction of the actual life of the ancient Egyptian female entrepreneur Tsenhor daughter of Nesmin (6th-5th century BCE). Her papers—papyri written in Demotic—are now kept in museums in London, Paris, Turin, and Vienna. The story is embedded in a general framework describing the age she lived in (which saw the conquest of Egypt by the Persians), as well as the extraordinary legal position of women in Ancient Egypt. The papers left by Tsenhor strongly suggest that she was a liberated woman, almost 2,500 years before the concept was invented. This book aims to change the general view on wo ... More

Keywords: Ancient Egypt, Demotic, Archive, Women’s rights, Gender, Mortuary cult, Daily life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789774166341
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koenraad Donker van Heel, author
Leiden University

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