Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh
Penguin Books Limited, 1998 M01 29 - 304 pages
Queen - or, as she would prefer to be remembered King - Hatchepsut was an astonishing woman. Brilliantly defying tradition she became the female embodiment of a male role, dressing in men's clothes and even wearing a false beard. Forgotten until Egptologists deciphered hieroglyphics in the 1820's, she has since been subject to intense speculation about her actions and motivations. Combining archaeological and historical evidence from a wide range of sources, Joyce Tyldesley's dazzling piece of detection strips away the myths and misconceptions and finally restores the female pharaoh to her rightful place.
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The beauties of Djeser-Djeseru have inspired many egyptologists to flights of
purple prose: It is built at the base of the rugged Theban cliffs, and commands the
plain in magnificent fashion; its white colonnades rising, terrace above terrace ...
It is therefore highly likely that Senenu, High Priest of both Amen and Hathor at
Djeser-Djeseru during Hatchepsut's lifetime, was both the first and last to hold
this exalted post. However, the cult of Amen and, to a lesser extent, the cult of
Djeser-Akhet is now in a much damaged state, but it would appear that it was
originally similar in design to Djeser- Djeseru. It too was built on a raised terrace
and was approached by a broad causeway and ramp, although its geography ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - gcamp - LibraryThing
Although I learned much about the female King, Hatchepsut, I often found this book to be a little to slow at times. Therefore, it was difficult to maintain my interest in it. Hatchepsut was the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - KarenIrelandPhillips - LibraryThing
The author's excellent work on the daily life of ancient Egyptian women piqued my interest in her biography of this queen (more usually spelled Hatshepsut) who ruled as a King. I was not disappointed ... Read full review
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