What Did Ancient Egyptian Nobles Do?

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The highest of all ancient Egyptian nobility, the pharaoh, was seen as the go-between for the gods and the world of humanity, and pharaohs thus had a matching extravagance in their lifestyles that far exceeded the royalty of most other kingdoms that have come into existence since. Lower nobility was known for lavish practices, such as burying their pets in luxurious graves, and similar practices allegorical to modern culture.

Nobility below the royalty of ancient Egypt consisted of artisans and workers directly under the pharaoh’s command, giving them a higher status than any other class in the kingdom. Viziers, a role not given a positive reputation in modern fiction, were actually the first people that the Egyptian people came to when addressing problems happening in their lives. They were seen as advisers, and their roles were almost as prestigious as the pharaoh itself. The title was often passed down from father to son.

Wealthy nobility could afford sturdy homes with painted walls and decorated floors as well as other expensive additions that acted as symbols of their wealth. These nobles could even afford to bury their pets in more luxurious graves than the common folk; some pets received a place in miniature pyramids alongside their masters.