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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Their race as a whole was called Hyksos, that is "king-shepherds', for Hyk in the
sacred language means 'king' and sos in common speech is 'shepherd'/
Throughout the Middle Kingdom there had been a persistent influx of 'Asiatic'
Indeed, she is the first of the post-Ahmose pharaohs to express a loathing of the
Hyksos, establishing a useful tradition of hostility and hatred which many later
rulers were to copy. Hatchepsut was not a woman to allow a few factual ...
Josephus claims to be quoting directly from Manetho himself. His explanation of
the name 'Hyksos' is now known to be incorreet; Hyksos is actually the corrupted
Greek version of an Egyptian phrase meaning 'The Chiefs of Foreign Lands'.
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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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