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Although it was possible to divorce, it was very difficult.
Marriages were usually arranged by parents, who chose appropriate partners for their children.
For example, the great pharaoh Ahmose I in New Kingdom, always took advice from his mother, Akhotep, and his principal wife, Nefertari.
Although the women of ancient Egypt were viewed as one of the most independent groups of women, if their husband died leaving them a widow, people began to grow suspicious of them due to the lack of male control in the household.
Women in ancient Egypt had some special rights other women did not have in other comparable societies.
They could own property and were legally at court, equal to men.
Marriages in ancient Egypt were usually monogamous, but it also was not uncommon for a man of high economic status to have more than one wife.
Fertility rituals were used by couples desiring children.Thus, the love songs may be referring to the egalitarian relationship between husband and wife.The example for interbreeding, amongst royalty, was set by the gods since Osiris married his sister, Isis.Contraception was permitted as well, and medical texts survive that refer to many contraceptive formulas (although the ingredients are often now difficult to identify).Some formulas, such as drinks made of celery base and beer, are dubious, but others show a basic knowledge of somewhat effective methods, such as a spermicide made of fermented acacia gum, which produces a sperm-killing lactic acid.