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She was taught that all good came from the god Amon and that the trinity of power consisted of the king, queen, and Amon.

The women in power held the position of either king or queen

Hatshepsut was born the daughter of King Thutmose I and Queen Ahmose.

 Copy from a relief recording Queen Hatshepsut's expedition to the Land of Punt.
It seems that Hatshepsut did not fear Tuthmosis winning the trust of the army and seizing power. Presumably, she felt that he had no reason to hate her. Indeed, seen from her own point of view, her actions were entirely acceptable. She had not deposed her stepson, merely created an old fashioned co-regency, possibly in response to some national emergency. The co-regency, or joint reign, had been a feature of Middle Kingdom royal life, when an older king would associate himself with the more junior partner who would share the state rituals and learn his trade. As her intended successor, Tuthmosis had only to wait for his throne; no one could have foreseen that she would reign for over two decades.

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Archaeologists have announced the discovery of an ancient building believed to be a barque station from the time of Queen Hatshepsut.
Although leadership of Ancient Egypt was often male dominated, there were admirable female Pharaohs who successfully gained power and left behind a positive legacy; one woman to achieve this was Hatshepsut, meaning ‘foremost of female nobles’.


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Hatshepsut was the elder of two daughters born to Thutmose I and his queen, Ahmes
Hatshepsut was a royal princess, the eldest daughter of the great general Tuthmosis I and his consort Queen Ahmose. Ahmose had failed to provide her husband with a male heir, but that did not matter overmuch; the royal harem could furnish an acceptable substitute. Prince Tuthmosis, son of a respected secondary queen, was married to his half sister Hatshepsut, and eventually succeeded to the throne unchallenged as Tuthmosis II.

Oct 02, 2008 · Hatshepsut was one of the most powerful women in the ancient world
Morally Hatshepsut must have known that Tuthmosis was the rightful king. She had, after all, accepted him as such for the first two years of his reign. We must therefore deduce that something happened in year three to upset the status quo and to encourage her to take power. Unfortunately, Hatshepsut never apologises and never explains. Instead she provides endless justification of her changed status, claiming on her temple walls (falsely) that both her earthly father Tuthmosis and her heavenly father, the great god Amen, intended her to rule Egypt. She goes to a great deal of trouble to appear as a typical pharaoh, even changing her official appearance so that her formal images now show her with the stereotyped king's male body, down to the false beard. Hatshepsut has realised that others will eventually question her actions, and is carving her defence in stone.

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What are we to make of Hatshepsut's actions? It is too simplistic to condemn her as a ruthless power-seeker. She could not have succeeded without the backing of Egypt's elite, the men who effectively ruled Egypt on behalf of the king, so they at least must have recognised some merit in her case. Her treatment of Tuthmosis is instructive. While the boy-king lived he was a permanent threat to her reign yet, while an 'accidental' death would have been easy to arrange, she took no steps to remove him. Indeed, seemingly oblivious to the dangers of a coup, she had him trained as a soldier.

Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh

Relief showing ships which participated in the expedition to Punt.
This mural and others adorn the walls of Queen Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri.

Under her reign, Egypt prospered

If this reconstruction is correct, that this is the period ofthe Exodus and the period of Moses, then Hatshepsut is the only likely candidatefor being Moses' adopted mother. She was the daughter of pharaoh who pulled him fromthe Nile. It would also explain something that has been enigmatic in Egyptianhistory -- what caused Hatshepsut to so quickly lose support of the priestlyaristocracy and the military that Thutmose III could stage a successful revoltagainst her. Supposedly she simply died peacefully in her fifties but morelikely she had some assistance in departing on her voyage to the afterlife.

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The ship illustrated above is the kind of vessel the ancient Egyptians would have used to in their trading expeditions to Punt and the African sub -continent. Below is a low relief placed in the wall of Queen Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri. The walls of the temple are covered with reliefs and hieroglyphic records of the events and highlights of this trading expedition to the land of Punt, Circa 1480 BCE. These relief panels record a key event in Egyptian history.