Moses and Egypt: The Documentation to the Motion Picture The Ten Commandments

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FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT

THE cultural advance of a people can also be measured by its tastes in food and entertainment. The ancient Egyptians have established as impressive a mark in these as they did with their beautiful jewelry or the elegance of their furniture.


Food

As elsewhere in the ancient world the Egyptian considered it perfectly good manners to eat with his hands. Though our Western etiquette demands that we eat certain foods with a fork we must keep in mind that this custom is relatively modern. In France, for example, "as late as the 16th century the court use of forks to eat with was satirized as a novelty."1

At a dinner the Egyptian would adorn himself and his guests with flowers. Their heads would be anointed with a cone of perfume.2 Servants placed food before the diners on platters resting upon "bases and standards."3 Before and after the meal attendants poured water over the hands of the eaters,4 a custom still performed in the Near East.

The varieties of food were tremendous, judged by tomb records listing the requirements of the deceased. One of these enumerates ten different meats, five kinds of fowl, sixteen sorts of bread and cake, six varieties of

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1
New International Encyclopaedia ( New York, 1927), IX, 25.
2
W. M. F. Petrie, Social Life in Ancient Egypt ( London, 1923), p. 106.
3
J. H. Breasted , History of Egypt ( New York, 1921), p. 88.
4
A. Erman and H. Ranke , Aegypten (Tübingen, 1923), p. 221.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Acknowledgements iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction 1
  • The Historical Period 5
  • Moses 11
  • The Pharaohs 49
  • The Men and Women Of the Bible 63
  • The Holy Scriptures 73
  • The Army 89
  • Of Camels, Horses And Transportation 95
  • Building and Other Arts And Crafts 101
  • Costumes And Adornments 125
  • Food And Entertainment 159
  • Postscript 167
  • Bibliography 169
  • Libraries and Museums Consulted 177
  • Index 179
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