XIV. Afterlife

5 copper units simple worker craftsman 7 copper

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Unformatted text preview: n wealth / affordability – simple pit tomb – rock tombs emulating royal architecture Social discrepancy between the elite and the poor Monthly wages: servant 4.5 copper units simple worker / craftsman 7 copper units (1.5 sack of barley and 4 sacks of emmer) foreman or a scribe 9.5 copper units Seal-bearer (mid-range official) 190 copper units purchasing power: 1 pair of leather sandals: 5 CU 1 sheet of linen: 10 CU 1 simple wooden box: 10 CU Wood for a coffin: Manufacturing & painting 100 copper units 40 copper units As a comparison: Tutankhamun’s inner golden coffin: 110 kg of gold As a comparison: Tutankhamun’s inner golden coffin: 110 kg of gold Value of gold was 200 times higher than that of copper. The inner coffin was therefore worth 22,000 kilograms of copper or 242,000 copper units. As a comparison: Tutankhamun’s inner golden coffin: 110 kg of gold Value of gold was 200 times higher than that of copper. The inner coffin was therefore worth 22,000 kilograms of copper or 242,000 copper units. This was equal...
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