Out, out damn spot!

One of the Pharaohs we discussed today in class was Hatshepsut.She claimed the right of Pharaoh and leader. She claimed not only the right as the daughter to the former Pharaoh, but also supposedly by relation of a God. She was the only child born to the Egyptian king Thutmose I by his primary wife and queen, Ahmose, Hatshepsut was expected to be queen. After the death of her father at age 12, Hatsheput married her half-brother Thutmose II, whose mother was a lesser wife. This was of course a common practice meant to ensure the purity of the royal bloodline.( a little Game of Thrones like, in my book) During the reign of Thutmose II, Hatshepsut assumed the traditional role of queen and primary wife. While she claimed the right of Pharaoh after her husband died, her step son was supposed to take over when he was a bit older. She was very sneaky in her way of getting her followers to do as she commanded, so as to not be booted out of her throne. She built many monuments and statues. However when she was portrayed, she had a body of a male ruler, so that she could be truly pharaoh throughout history.  However, when her reign was finally through due to her death, her step son came into power and attempted to eradicate every trace of the former Pharaoh, his step mother. No, he wasn’t mad at all! He even de-faced her royal image on the statues.  – CL


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