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 writings of the Old Kingdom had been brief, formal and very self-conscious in
style. Middle Ksugdom compositions are both longer and far more fluent; the
autobiographies recorded on the walls of the private tombs are simultaneously ...
Few royal paintings have survived from the Middle Kingdom but the private tombs
of Beni Hassan vibrate with colourful life as representations of wrestling, warfare
and dancing now join the more restrained scenes found in Old Kingdom tombs.
1 Extract from the Speos Artemidos inscription of King Hatchepsut, translation
given by Gardiner, A. (1946), The Great Speos Artemidos Inscnption,Jourfwf of
Egyptian Archarology 3a: 47-8. a In a tradition which started during the Old
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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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