5 thoughts on “More on Hatshepsut

  1. Gwen Fiorillo

    The beginning of this article portrays a very different image of her than we talked about in class! I think it’s a very interesting point about the timeframe in when these things were first discovered and how women were viewed in society then. The truth is that we will probably never really know whether she was ruling with honest intentions or whether she had a sinister plan behind it all, but it is an interesting concept to ponder, and maybe new evidence will come to light someday.

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  2. Pratima Kandel

    While studying about Hatsheput in the class, I had become a huge fan of her bravery. She must definitely had been a strong pharaoh as we can see , how Thutmose III had tried to destroy her sculptures and remove her trace. Probably, he did not want others to remember her glorious rule or inspire other women to be a pharaoh. Since , there is always more to know with new discoveries , I still admire her to be a Pharaoh at a time, where women had less rights.

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  3. Dylan Burkett

    I think this article provides insight into a very serious issue when it comes to archaeology in the early 20th and lat 19th centuries. Hatsheput has been claimed by modern historians and archaeologists as a successful, powerful female ruler. This does not match up with the interpretations of the professions in earlier times. Those before claimed she stole the throne, was a conniving and just plain evil woman. This is a very hetero-normative and patriarchal narrative. Just like how Thutmose III is speculated to only wipe away his step-mother’s name because of her disruption of male kingship in Egypt, the male dominated fields of history and archaeology may of had a similar motive. Why would they support a history that shows a strong woman being a well beyond capable leader when in their own times and opinions think it impossible? This article does give great insight to the history of Hatsheput, but I think the more important aspect is the light it shines on social structures and how they can rewrite history to fit their narratives.

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  4. Cecelia

    When I saw this article I was really excited — Hatshepsut is one of my favorite historical figures. As I was reading through it, I felt it funny that the biases of the archaeologists of the earlier discoveries jumped to such radical assumptions about Hatshepsut. It was almost funny the way they attempted to delegitimize and undermine Hatshepsut’s power and influence, almost reminiscent of the way that Thutmose III did. However, theirs was rooted in misogyny, and they mistakenly assumed that Thutmose III’s erasure was as well. While it is true that there may have been some aspect of misogyny present, I find it interesting that most of Thutmose’s actions seem to be motivated by politics rather than personal feelings.

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  5. Hunter Stephens

    Out of everything I have learned from Art history Hatshepsut has struck me as an imperative person in history. It is truly amazing how perspectives changed and interpretations from maleesque features such as fake beards pharoahs wore to establish power and dominance to hatshepsut eventually over time being recognized as a female pharoah. I just find it intersting the “loathing” Thutmose III had for her. The obliteration and attempt at earasing history by thutmose III has only left the future loving Hatshepsut for her power and prowess.

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