The House of Life was a place in each ancient Egyptian town of size where priests learned to read and write, the place where scribe school was held, and the place where the children of the rich and the elite went to school to learn economics, law, astronomy, geography, mathematics. As well, it was where the interpretation of dreams was taught. The House of Life was not a monastery. It was an educational center. Scholars and students at the House of Life made copies of the Book of Dead and offered these individual sheets for sale to support the center.