The Life of ancient Egyptian kings (Pharaohs)


How the ancient Egyptian kings lived

The Life of ancient Egyptian kings 'Pharaohs'

You may certainly think that the ancient Egyptian kings lived in the shadows, but hanging around the city and taking care of their servants was only a small part of the way they spent their time, because they were insanely busy performing old Egyptian royal duties, they worked overtime fortunately for them, and the work privileges were very nice. 

Today we will explore what the lives of the ancient Egyptian kings really were, travel through time, sail the Nile and delve into the pharaonic royal daily life from about 3150 to 30 BC.

' Hatshepsut '
Ancient Kings of Egypt 

Egypt was ruled by kings and queens called pharaohs, who, in addition to drinking wine and eating as well, spent their days supervising the religious, economic, cultural and political life of Egypt. For most of their waking hours, the Pharaohs were constantly surrounded by introverted persons. If you were an ancient Egyptian king you would never get a second for yourself. These members of the royal delegation consisted of hangers from the Royal Court. The family members were usually officers, noble servants and royal bodyguards. Fortunately, the royal family members were in the royal family. Most often choose who to interact with, and usually reward friends and loved ones with a beautiful and wonderful concert. 

The advantages of being an ancient Egyptian pharaonic king

Have you ever bathed and dressed and thought, he waits for you a lot of work, I hope that a servant will do all this for me well, if you are a member of the Pharaonic royal family in Egypt, you will be lucky. After getting up from their family in the morning, the pharaohs will meet the servants who prepare them impressively, the servants were bathing the pharaohs as well, and some rulers like Hatshepsut liked to put the servants perfumes for him to emphasize his high status, and this is not a bad idea for the pharaohs as well. Consider that they lived more than a thousand years before the invention of deodorant. 

After the shower, an army of specialized designers will equip the king in everything from sandals to wigs and clothes. 

Wigs at the Pharaohs
 ' Wigs at the Pharaohs '

They had laws so strict that they determined who could and could not wear wigs. Legally slaves cannot wear wigs. The more elite you are the better your royal wig quality, the more detailed the royal wigs were and sometimes included gold and silver strands taking into account how hot ancient Egypt was. The wigs were not only for royal heads tops, but pharaohs wore a wig for the neighborhood for special occasions.

Beard wig

 ' Beard wig '

The beard wigs symbolized the power of ancient Egyptians and were worn to show that they were living gods on earth. With great power come great responsibilities, such as successive meetings. According to the Greek historian Diodoros, all their actions were organized through recipes and established laws. Not only their administrative work, but also those related to the way they spend their time from day to day, and the food they eat. The accuracy of this assessment is debatable, however, according to Egyptologist Adolf Ehrman, Diodoros' view of the very strict day may have been more ideal than reality. With all this power at their fingertips, we can only imagine that they will cancel one or two meetings, can we?

However, the Pharaohs had religious and legal duties, such as participating in ceremonies and exercising sentences for each day's performance. The routine may have been well organized to manage the size of the tasks expected of them.

How the Pharaonic Royal Family Day Begins 

Shortly after waking up, the Pharaohs are briefed on administrative matters and affairs management with a network of officials. They usually spend their morning receiving guests and the masses and putting out metaphorical fires, which was not optional.

According to Deodoros, these tasks served as mandates. Imagine holding an administrative meeting every morning in a world where coffee has not yet been invented! It's going to be hard to be a Pharaonic king, isn't it?

Transportation at the ancient Egyptian kings

Limousines or sports cars may not have been invented yet, but that doesn't mean the Pharaohs haven't traveled elegantly. Have you heard of a sedan? No, it's not a four-door car, but the chair from which long columns come out allows the servants to lift it off the ground and carry you sitting down.

Whenever the Pharaohs left the palace complex, they travelled in sedan chairs carried by the servants. These old sedans certainly may not look as luxurious as Ferrari, but they have air conditioning in the form of royal fan carriers. The function of the Pharaohs holder can reflect a close personal relationship with the Pharaoh himself, and it has been suggested that these may have been part of the pharaoh's bodyguard.

Old sedans at the Pharaohs

' Old sedans at the Pharaohs '

The duties of egypt's ancient kings

The ancient Egyptian pharaohs were not just the kings of Egypt, as they claimed to have divine authority, acting as an intermediary between human beings and gods. Because of this magical aspect of their title, their days were busy with a wide range of religious duties, such as making religious appointments, ordering the construction of temples, and participating in celebrations.

According to the Greek historian Diodoros, the Pharaohs made daily visits to the temple to wipe and offer a sacrifice to the gods. The sacrifices may have been symbolic and aimed at maintaining order in the kingdom. Even if the Pharaohs are not always physically present in religious ceremonies and rituals, their statues in temples ensure that they are at least symbolically present.

Food of the ancient Pharaohs

Being king must have advantages. While the general Egyptians lived mainly on bread, beer, vegetables and fish, the royals enjoyed a more diet. Royal banquets may include dishes such as geese, bull and fresh fruits such as dates and figs.

The royal court's favorite alcohol was wine, which was beyond the means of most Egyptians. While the vast majority of ancient Egyptians were married once, kings were allowed polygamy, the male pharaohs had a great royal wife, president, or high-ranking wife, along with a number of wives, concubines and lower-ranking women. This harem, according to author Charlotte Booth, showed the king's wealth. In other words, the more harem, the richer the pharaoh. Being a woman of the king was not all beautiful, especially given that the pharaoh can request appointments with a particular wife every night. All these relationships ensured that the ancient Egyptian pharaohs generally had a lot of children. For example, Ramses II is known to have had more than 100 children by his wives and concubines.

Although all the Pharaohs invested in construction projects, Ramses II in particular was a prolific builder. He used his construction projects as a form of propaganda to declare his authority. The Pharaohs considered themselves gods and real estate developers at the same time, a classic combination of toxic power.

Only members of the royal family can hunt big game, like lions. Although the Pharaohs sometimes allowed others to participate.

Going fishing was not a necessity as kings and pharaohs prepared them all the food they needed. But it was a form of entertainment for the king, and they didn't need any hunting skills to do so. Sometimes, the master of the game catches an animal in advance for the king to hunt, but hunting was not just a way to get rid of the tension after a long day of pharaoh's duties. The Pharaohs used royal hunting as an opportunity to prove their strength and to review the king's mastery of hunting in the natural world.

King Tutankhamun seems to have been no exception, and as seen in his grave depicts the young king returning from ostrich hunting. The Pharaohs may have taken advantage of their relationship with the gods, but the ancient Egyptian rulers were as human as anyone else. In fact, many of them may have been living an unhealthy life. King Tutankhamun, for example, had genetic problems that left him limp. Carbohydrate-rich and fatty diets in the royal family have also taken a heavy toll. Pharaohs can be overweight, and many suffer from heart disease. Hatshepsut was probably diabetic and obese. 

At times, the pharaoh's authority was challenged by members of his family. 1155 BC, Ramses III was eliminated in the so-called harem plot. It is possible that one of his wives is the mastermind of the whole disaster so that her son can rule. 

Similarly, Hatshepsut and her current successor had to deal with divided family members during the covenants. Cleopatra, Egypt's last pharaoh, consolidated her authority by engaging in a civil conflict with her younger brother and husband in 48 BC.

In the end, as we saw, the ancient Egyptian kings certainly lived a beautiful and luxurious life, from busy working days to playing times, there was never a dull moment for these pharaohs wearing wigs and their entourage surrounding them.

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