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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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Women Causing Trouble

Women Causing Trouble

(p.175) 14 Women Causing Trouble
Mrs. Naunakhte & Family

Koenraad Donker van Heel

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses the behavior of women in Deir al-Medina, focusing on those who caused trouble. It begins by wondering how the Deir al-Medina men viewed their own behavior as compared to female behavior. It then cites the Maxims of Ptahhotep, which offer some sound advice about the treatment of women. From a male point of view, Ptahhotep's teaching suggests that a woman could apparently cause much trouble, and women knew how to use this to their advantage. The chapter also considers the Wisdom of Any, which contains some maxims that could have been written with Naunakhte in mind, and instances in which wives committed adultery. Finally, it examines the Turin Indictment Papyrus, which describes the charges brought against the priest Penanuqet aka Sed of the temple of Khnum.

Keywords:   women, Deir al-Medina, female behavior, Maxims of Ptahhotep, men, Wisdom of Any, Naunakhte, adultery, Turin Indictment Papyrus, Penanuqet

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