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A Woman’s Moment of Triumph?

Posted by Gerald on June 27, 2007

This might be the kind of news you have got to be a history teacher, or history buff, to get excited about, but since I AM a history teacher, I’m excited.

A team of scientists have announced they have identified the mummy of Hatshepsut, a woman who ruled as Pharaoh during the Middle Kingdom period in ancient Egypt.  Hatshepsut was, by most accounts, a very capable ruler who extended Egyptian trade and built on a large scale.  Unlike the more famous Nefertiti, she was not simply Queen, she was Pharaoh in her own right – only the second woman to claim the title of King of Upper and Lower Egypt.  She certainly has a solid claim to being the most successful of Egypt’s female rulers.

This could be seen as a kind of triumph in that there was an attempt made under the reign of her successor, Thutmose III, to lessen – or completely obliterate – her historical memory.  The reasons for this are a matter of dispute, but the fact is that she disappeared from the historical record for a long time.  Now she is not only back, but she is getting her own special on the Discovery Channel.

Take that, Thutmose!


5 Responses to “A Woman’s Moment of Triumph?”

  1. bridgett said

    During our kid’s Egypt, E-GYPT, EEEEEEGYPT phase, we took her to the Met to their stunning ancient collections. What we found out is that Hatshepsut’s stuff is remarkably well preserved because a lot of it wound up dumped (probably on the orders of Thutmose III) in cisterns and didn’t get damaged or weathered.

    Isn’t it ironic? Don’t you think?

  2. […] — bridgett @ 11:50 am Gerald over at Virtual Bourgeois is discussing the identification of Hatshepsut’s mummy. Put that in your canopic jar and smoke it, Thutmose […]

  3. Gerald said

    I’m hoping to get to see some of this stuff up close. If all the money works out, I am going to attend a history education conference in Egypt in November.

  4. bridgett said

    Wow! That is too cool!

  5. imfunny2 said

    I caught the broadcast on a rerun yesterday…the part that I loved was the obvious “gut feeling” one of the team had about one of the mummies…and the fact that he did not let it get in the way of the scientific and historical analysis of the find…a find lead by the heart and found by reason and study…

    Very interesting

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