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 Post subject: On Pyramid Building
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:00 am 
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I was going to ask you to advise me on the logistics of slave management for such a large project by I didn't want Facebook to explode.

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 Post subject: Re: On Pyramid Building
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:52 pm 
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The Old Kingdom Egyptians probably didn't have slaves - at least not very many and certainly not enough to build a pyramid. The idea was the pyramids were built doing the flood season, when farmers couldn't work (because their fields were under water). So the pyramids were kind of a "make-work" project to keep the proletariat busy during the off season.

Slavery might have been a punishment for convicted criminals, and when Egypt started imperialist expansion during the New Kingdom, a lot of POWs seem to be used as slaves - farm laborers on temple estates. Management seems to have been by well-known methods, with tying somebody upside down and whipping the soles of their feet particularly favored.


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 Post subject: Re: On Pyramid Building
PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:49 pm 
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setnahkt wrote:
Management seems to have been by well-known methods, with tying somebody upside down and whipping the soles of their feet particularly favored.


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