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Mrs. Naunakhte & FamilyThe Women of Ramesside Deir al-Medina$
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Koenraad Donker van Heel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789774167737

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774167737.001.0001

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Criminal Women

Criminal Women

(p.49) 5 Criminal Women
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on the women of Deir al-Medina and the crimes they committed. It starts with the women from Naunakhte's family, who are not mentioned in connection with any court case except the division of her will. In particular, it cites the adultery between Naunakhte's daughter Menatnakhte and the workman Weserhat, and possibly other scandals in the family. It shows that there are few court cases involving women in Deir al-Medina, in part because women were not always allowed to file suit in court about trifles. It also asks why Naunakhte settled her last will in public and concludes with the argument that women appearing in court did not necessarily mean that they were criminals.

Keywords:   women, Deir al-Medina, crimes, Naunakhte, adultery, Menatnakhte, Weserhat, court cases, last will, criminals

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