Hatshepsut: Most Successful Female Pharaohs In Ancient Egypt

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Hatshepsut

With a ruling period of over 3000 years, Egypt has seen roughly 170 pharaohs, yet there are few outside of egyptologists that can name more than two or three off the top of their head. Not many remember these kings of the east, and it is even more difficult to when their mark on their own history was erased by their successors.

Hatshepsut was one of the few, and by far one of the most successful female pharaohs in ancient Egypt. She was the first of them to seize total control of the throne and declare herself pharaoh, and from 1479-1478 b.c. she ruled the most powerful lands of her time. Born in the eighteenth dynasty at the height of egyptian rule, Hatshepsut was special. She was the first daughter of the king, and first in line to marry the next king. With this, she would grow to have a strong claim to the throne, being the King’s daughter, sister, great wife, and later the God’s Wife of Amen. To get there though, she would have some vast obstacles to overcome, the greatest of these was sickness.

From a young age Hatshepsut’s life was already thoroughly planned out for
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Still, we do not know her name. Not even the egyptologists knew much of her until recently. This though, is not entirely our fault. Shortly after her death, Hatshepsut’s legacy was destroyed. Historians argue on who erased her face from history, but the most common belief is her stepson, Thutmose III. Not because she was a horrible pharaoh, not because he wanted to take credit for her accomplishments, not even because he was angry she held the throne for so long. He removed her image from history because she was a woman. He planned to steal the thought from anyone’s mind that a woman could rule with such power, and to close the gap in the dynasty’s line of male rulers. Luckily, Thutmose III was not thorough enough in his ventures, and we know The King

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