For over two centuries the Egyptians fought against the Hittite Empire for control of lands in modern day Syria.The conflict gave rise to bloody engagements like 1274 B.Ancient Egypt stood as one of the world’s most advanced civilizations for nearly 3,000 years and created a culture so rich that it has spawned its own field of study.
The protest took the form of a sit-in: The workers simply entered nearby mortuary temples and refused to leave until their grievances were heard.
The gamble worked, and the laborers were eventually given their overdue rations.
They could buy and sell property, serve on juries, make wills and even enter into legal contracts.
Egyptian women did not typically work outside the home, but those who did usually received equal pay for doing the same jobs as men.
The life of a pyramid builder certainly wasn’t easy—skeletons of workers commonly show signs of arthritis and other ailments—but evidence suggests that the massive tombs were built not by slaves but by paid laborers.