How the upper class lived in Ancient Egypt


One member of the upper class was the SCRIBE. A scribe was a person who wrote books or documents by hand as a profession. A scribe’s work involved copying books, performing secretarial duties, keeping business, judicial and historic records for kings, nobility, temples and cities. A scribe was educated in the art of writing. It took five years of study to become a scribe. the scribe was usually male and was considered middle class. Sons of scribes where raised in the same profession. Scribes were considered part of the royal court and did not have to pay taxes and join the military.


Houses of the upper class and ordinary

Egyptians were built the same with mud,

bricks and wood. Peasants lived in simple

homes, while the upper class had fancier

homes with more rooms, decorated walls

and floors. Upper class Egyptians enjoyed

hunting and boating on the Nile.


Pharaohs were thought to be sons of the

sun god, Re. Many pharaohs were

warriors. They were kings of Egypt.

They had servants and usually married

their sisters to keep the royal blood in the













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