Date: February 22, 2016 05:29PM
> The greatest Pharoah, a woman, Queen Hapchepshut
> (not sure ofspelling would have convinced Smith
> that he was nothing at all. She reigned and huge
> sophisticated civilization for 60 years. Egypt,
> dont even touch it Smith, you are not worthy of
> one grain of sand.
Hatshepsut was not only Queen of Egypt. She was KING of
Egypt. She was the first known female ruler of a great
nation. Before her females were only powerful by their ability
to influence male rulers (either as wives, or mistresses).
Hatshepsut ruled as King of Egypt, wearing the false beard of
However I wouldn't say she was the "greatest Pharaoh." Either
Tuthmose III (who was her stepson, nephew and coregent), or
Amenhotep III, or Ramesses II, (all from the fabulous 18th
dynasty, as was Hatshepsut) or Seferu from the Old Kingdom
would rate higher.
In my studies of Middle Egyptian I did have the opportunity to
translate Hatshepsut's obelisk at Karnak, and (more
satisfyingly) her record of the Expedition to Punt carved on
the walls of her mortuary temple at Deir Al Bahri.
Shortly after her reign an effort was made to eradicate her
from Egyptian history. Evidently having a female ruler in your
past didn't look good to neighboring powers. A similar attempt
at historical eradication happened with the heretic king
Akhenaten. However we know a TON of stuff about both
Hatshepsut and Akhenaten. To me this shows how difficult it is
to eradicate things from history. So when people tell me that
there's no record of the Israelites in Egypt (over a million
for a few centuries) because the Egyptians eradicated them from
history, I have to smile and say, "yeah, right."
By the way, here's how you spell her name:http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/59/158759-004-0230BF7A.jpg
A recent book about Hatshepsut by a respected Egyptologist is
"The Woman who Would Be King" by Kara Cooneyhttp://www.amazon.com/The-Woman-Who-Would-King/dp/0307956768