Thisis not to say that Egypt was an egalitarian society.

We need to swap the Romantic view for a tragic (and at points comedic) awareness that every human will frustrate, anger, annoy, madden and disappoint us — and we will (without any malice) do the same to them. There can be no end to our sense of emptiness and incompleteness. But none of this is unusual or grounds for divorce. Choosing whom to commit ourselves to is merely a case of identifying which particular variety of suffering we would most like to sacrifice ourselves for.

Greeks functioned within their system andEgyptians within theirs.

The Egyptian woman's rights extended to all the legally definedareas of society.

Shecould conclude any kind of legal settlement.

until the completion of 99 years, and I will give it to your priests monthly.' If such women married male "slaves," the status of theirchildren depended on the provisions of their contracts with theirowners.

Wall paintings and objects from tombs

reud speculates that one of the strongest human desires is to encounter God — or the gods — directly. We want to see our deities and to know them. Part of the appeal of Greek religion lay in the fact that it offered adherents direct, and often gorgeous, renderings of the immortals — and also, perhaps, the possibility of meeting them on earth. With its panoply of saints, Christianity restored visual intensity to religion; it took a step back from Judaism in the direction of the pagan faiths. And that, Freud says, is one of the reasons it prospered.

PHOTO CREDIT: Above photo by John Rickman Photography, San Jose, California.

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It was puppy love, in the sense that it was innocent and sweet and went no further than a flurry of passed notes, some furtive hand-holding, and an occasional stolen kiss. But that doesn't do justice to how deep it became.

I shall not be free in your precinct forever and ever.

For most of recorded history, people married for logical sorts of reasons: because her parcel of land adjoined yours, his family had a flourishing business, her father was the magistrate in town, there was a castle to keep up, or both sets of parents subscribed to the same interpretation of a holy text. And from such reasonable marriages, there flowed loneliness, infidelity, abuse, hardness of heart and screams heard through the nursery doors. The marriage of reason was not, in hindsight, reasonable at all; it was often expedient, narrow-minded, snobbish and exploitative. That is why what has replaced it — the marriage of feeling — has largely been spared the need to account for itself.

You will protect me; you will keep me safe; you will guard me.

I received her first message a few minutes after we left class, and we ended up texting back and forth all that night — the beginning of our becoming girlfriend and boyfriend.

A woman could administer allher property independently and according to her free will.

An example of this is the imyt-pr of Wahfrom el-Lahun.

A woman could also freely disinherit children of her privateproperty, i.e., the property she brought to her marriage or hershare of the community property.

There were several ways for an Egyptian woman to acquirepossessions and real property.

Such actionis recorded in the Will of Naunakht.

When a woman brought her own private property to a marriage(e.g., as a dowry), this apparently remained hers, although thehusband often had the free use of it.

the property whichaccrued to her husband and her only after they were married.

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That first text was the beginning of a four-year relationship. We planned a whole life together, spending hours on the phone fantasizing about marriage and kids.