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Twenty-six out of a total of 121 recorded marriages were between close kin (20 brother-sister, 4 half sibling, 2 first cousin marriages), in the Fayum, heavily populated by Greeks, a quarter of the marriages would be considered incestuous today in the West.
Their choice of profession was limited mostly to that of mistress of the house, though some became priestesses, others entertainers and a small handful even came to rule the country, be it as regent or as pharaoh.
But the life of the ordinary ancient Egyptian woman was restricted to doing household chores , though one should not forget that the options the average ancient Egyptian man had were barely more numerous.
The influence a bride's parents, above all her father, had on these decisions was generally decisive.
The fictional Ankhsheshonq gives prospective fathers of brides this piece of advice: "Choose a prudent husband for your daughter; do not choose for her a rich husband." Year 23, Month 1 of the Planting Season, day 5.
Some people nowadays seem to think that ancient Egyptian women lived in an almost ideal world of equality. They may have had more rights and independence than women in other ancient societies, but they were not treated as equals by men.