The ancient world had experienced a decline in urban communities by circa 2092 B.C. when Abraham entered Canaan. Agrarian-based living had been replaced by a pastoral nomadic life. The tent life of the Canaan culture was difficult for many women, including Abraham's wives Sarah and Hagar, and it remained challenging for future generations. Although ancient women were resourceful and capable, they still suffered and sacrificed as they moved across the ancient landscape. Too often, the worst of what they had to endure came through the dictates of men.