Reign[ edit ] Jar bearing the cartouche of Hatshepsut.
Visit Website After less than seven years, however, Hatshepsut took the unprecedented step of assuming the title and full powers of a pharaoh herself, becoming co-ruler of Egypt with Thutmose III.
Hatshepsut as Pharaoh Knowing that her power grab was highly controversial, Hatshepsut fought to defend its legitimacy, pointing to her royal lineage and claiming that her father had appointed her his successor.
She sought to reinvent her image, and in statues and paintings of that time, she ordered that she be portrayed as a male pharaoh, with a beard and large muscles. In other images, however, she appeared in traditional female regalia. Hatshepsut surrounded herself with supporters in key positions in government, including Senenmut, her chief minister.
As pharaoh, Hatshepsut undertook ambitious building projects, particularly in the area around Thebes.
Her greatest achievement was the enormous memorial temple at Deir el-Bahri, considered one of the architectural wonders of ancient Egypt. Another great achievement of her reign was a trading expedition she authorized that brought back vast riches—including ivory, ebony, gold, leopard skins and incense—to Egypt from a distant land known as Punt possibly modern-day Eritrea.
She was buried in the Valley of the Kings, located in the hills behind Deir el-Bahri. Thutmose III went on to rule for 30 more years, proving to be both an ambitious builder like his stepmother and a great warrior.
After launching a new search ina team of archaeologists discovered her mummy in ; it is now housed in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.The female ‘kings’ of ancient Egypt Cleopatra the Great has become virtually synonymous with the term 'female pharaoh'.
Yet, as Joann Fletcher reveals, Mark Antony's famous wife was merely the culmination of three millennia of women rulers. The Status of Women in Ancient Egyptian Society by Dr. Peter Picone. INTRODUCTION. Unlike the position of women in most other ancient civilizations, including that of Greece, the Egyptian woman seems to have enjoyed the same legal and economic rights as the Egyptian man-- at least in theory.
History >> Biography >> Ancient Egypt for Kids. Occupation: Pharaoh of Egypt Born: BC Died: BC Best known for: The most powerful woman pharaoh Biography: A Princess Hatshepsut was born an Egyptian princess. Her father was the Pharaoh Thutmose I.
World History Biographies: Hatshepsut: The Girl Who Became a Great Pharaoh Hatshepsut: First Female Pharaoh: World Cultures Through Time (Primary Source Readers) Hatsheptsut was such a good and powerful pharaoh.
Egypt prospered under her reign. When I visited the temple of Hatshepsut I looked at the desert rock landscape above the temple/5(8).
Hatshepsut, also spelled Hatchepsut, female king of Egypt (reigned in her own right c. –58 bce) who attained unprecedented power for a woman, adopting the full titles and regalia of a pharaoh. Hatshepsut Seated limestone statue of Hatshepsut, c.
–58 bce ; . Hatshepsut and Her World EMILY TEETER. EMILY TEETER [AJA The introduction segues into the first gallery, which is devoted to the predecessors of Hatshepsut and the formative Senenmut is rumored to be the female pharaoh’s lover, or at least a palace schemer and manipula-.