Queen Hatshepsut

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The forerunner of such great figures as Catherine the Great, Cleopatra, and Elizabeth I, Queen Hatshepsut earned her place as one of the greatest women recorded in history. Going against all conventions of her era many still believe she was one of the most influential pharaohs of all time. Mystery has it that no one has been able to find any true remnants of the notable queen, but after many years of searching, some historians believe they have discovered the answers as to why.

Daughter of Thutmose I, and royal wife of Thutmose II, Hatshepsut was proclaimed from birth to be the heir of “Upper and Lower Egypt.” Upon the death of her husband she announced herself as Pharaoh of Egypt denying the old king’s son, her nephew, his rightful inheritance. The new queen supported her actions by stating that she had been chosen by the god Amun-Ra who called upon her, “My sweet daughter, Welcome.” Historians believe Hatshepsut began her twenty-two year reign in 1479 BC. The situation did not come unprecedented, although it was uncommon for Egypt to be ruled by a woman. At the height of her reign Queen Hatshepsut brought great wealth and power to Egypt restoring once severed trade agreements and multiple building projects. Her most famous including twin Obelisks, the two tallest structures in the world at the time, erected at the entrance of her temple were among her many accomplishments. Eventually her stepson/nephew, Thutmose III, grew into a young man and upon her death became her successor.

There has been great mystery left as to what happened to the remnants of Queen Hatshepsut. Historians believe that she was buried alongside her father in a tomb constructed during her dynasty. Egyptologists concluded that she was later removed from the tomb and placed into another next to her wet nurse. The new King soon ordered that her name be removed from all temple walls. The buildings and statues constructed in her honor were immediately demolished and defaced by his army....
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