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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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Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter focuses on divorce in Deir al-Medina. It begins with the observation that divorce in the village was easy: a man could “throw his wife out” of the house and a woman could just as easily decide to “go away,” although this would have emotional and financial consequences. A departing wife would receive real estate. It was always the woman who left the house because a house in the village was state property and directly connected with the husband's job. However, there are also cases where it was the man leaving the house to live with another woman. The chapter considers one such case, P. Geneva D 409 + P. Turin Cat. 2021 recto, which involved the vizier, and the problems that it highlights, namely the future of the family property and the children, apart from their personal grief. It also discusses marriage in Deir al-Medina.

Keywords:   divorce, Deir al-Medina, real estate, vizier, property, children, marriage

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