12 thoughts on “Queens in Ancient Egypt…now in Washington, D.C.

  1. Shelby

    I find the way the Egyptians present their queens within art extremely interesting because they show them as strong and intelligent leaders. Regardless of them being women, they are presented in a way that shows the Egyptian people respect female leaders as much as male leaders.


    One cool fact that I learned about Queen Nerfertari is that none of her sons succeeded Ramses the Great as pharaoh as he outlived them, but yet they served in various high status roles in the royal court. I visualize queens as being the supporter and foundations of family households. Queens in Egypt portray this strong astonishing demeanor which influences a moral standard of what women should be valued as.

  3. Samantha

    In their art work, Egyptians display their queens showing a lot of power. In the other pieces of artwork that we looked at, the women were shown behind the men or sitting. The Egyptian women are show as strong, independent leaders, that are just as powerful as men.

  4. Meredith Pons

    Its awesome to read that ancient Egyptians held their queens to such high regard. They saw them as powerful, strong and intelligent leaders who deserve lots of respect. All leaders, male and female were seen as equally powerful. The Egyptian people had so much respect for their leaders, their art showed them in powerful stances above everyone else.

  5. Caroline Pagano

    During this read, I thought it was very interesting that Egyptians thought of goddesses as having great power in the Egyptian pantheon. It is crazy to think that so many years ago men and women were seen as equally powerful and that Egyptian’s thought of women as strong and intelligent leaders.

  6. Jack Moore

    After diving into more research on Egyptian mythology, this image of the queen becomes more clear. During this era, it is said that the dead must overcome several tests, such as winning senet, to pass through the afterlife. The Senet, to which I assume she is playing, is the oldest known board game to exist historically. Making this image even more impeccable. Players move pawns on a grid of thirty squares, which is what you can see throughout the image. On a sad note, the actual rules are not known, making this image even more of a mystery.

  7. Jack Moore

    Here’s my take on this image and why it is such a mystery. After doing additional research, in Egpytian mythology, the dead must overcome several tests, such as winning senet, to pass through the afterlife. Senet, the game the queen appears to be playing, is the oldest known board game. Players move pawns on a grid of thirty squares. Want to know how to play? Unfortunately, the actual rules are not known. But feel free to let me know if we found out!

  8. Kayla Cunningham

    This sounds like a really neat exhibit! I would love to see a 3-D visualization of Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb! Also, being able to see artifacts used by Cleopatra VII would be WILD!! She’s such an iconic historical figure!
    I think it’s really cool to have an Egyptology exhibit focus exclusively on women rulers–as important and powerful as they were in Egyptian society, they’re often relegated to the sidelines today.

  9. Maddie Almand

    This sounds like an amazing exhibit and I hope to go see it before it closes. The Egyptians had so much respect for their queens seeing them as strong and powerful rulers. I think that having an exhibit devoted to so many of them will help to show people that these queens are worth learning about, that Nefertiti and Cleopatra VII weren’t the only amazing queens Egypt had.

  10. Ada Laurer

    It was very fascinating to read about Ancient Egyptian Queens and the role they played in their society. Before reading this article, I was not aware that female Egyptian rulers were very well respected and played an important role in everyday life. This was very interesting because in many other civilizations women were not seen as important, but rather men were seen as the people that that were crucial to the civilization’s survival.

  11. Keelin Murphy

    I have always enjoyed how in Ancient Egyptian art they present their queens with such respect. It shows that in their society Queens were well respected, intelligent, and powerful, unlike other art pieces that might show women only for their beauty. This exhibit just reinforces the idea of how important women were in Egyptian society compared to other civilizations.

  12. Cassidy Rothenberger

    The National Geographic Museum’s emphasis on the roles queens provided in ancient Egypt allows for a broader understanding of the power dynamics of ancient Egypt, as well as illustrates how artwork can allow for people to redefine their understanding of history and historical relationships. The artworks illustration of women as powerful (through gestures portrayed, movement illustrated, the way the women are dressed, etc.) creates a new perspective of women in history and the power women can possess.


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