8 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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  6. Shelley Lyons

    I’ve always thought that Hatshepsut was a very interesting historical figure. She is so intriguing to me because she was kind of an odd circumstance and there’s so much mystery surrounding her. Firstly, she’s one of only a few female Pharaohs; how did that happen? Additionally, after becoming Pharaoh, Hatshepsut was often depicted as a masculine figure. Why? Was it to make herself seem more powerful? Finally, someone tried to erase her from history by destroying her statues and other artwork. Was it Thutmose III? Why would someone do that? Did she do something in her life to make someone seek revenge upon her?
    Nonetheless, as stated in the article we will probably never know the full story of Hatshepsut. However, as much as I would like us to know more about Hatshepsut, I will always be impressed by how much we do know about a person who lived over 3000 years ago.

  7. Grace Tian

    Learning about Hatsheput in the class is definitely the most exciting thing. Hatsheput is the only pharaoh in history. The very existence of Hatsheput as a pharaoh is a challenge to Egypt. Though many status of god were appeared in the form of women, but there is not many women who have the similar power as pharaoh. Hatsheput must be a great inspiration to other women in the society. And that it is also why Thutmose III wants her status destroyed.

  8. Claire Ross

    I believe that the historians who dismissed Hatshepsut as the, “vilest type of usurper,” were simply misogynistic. It mades me sad to think that her story was twisted by people who who couldn’t fathom a woman as a competent and deserving leader. It does not surprise me that Thutmose tried to erase her from history. Hatshepsut was a great pharaoh, and vastly improved the condition of Egypt throughout her reign. I believe that, in addition to resenting his aunt for keeping him from the throne, Thutmose was threatened by her success. He did not want his own reign to be compared to her (probably superior) reign,


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