The untold story of Egyptian pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

⁃ 3500 years ago, Hapshepsut’s statue was smashed

⁃ The noble pharaoh had been dead for 20 years

⁃ Someone had attempted to erase her image and name from history in order to “balance Egypt”

⁃ Hapshepsut should have never been a pharaoh in the course of things

⁃ The pharaoh was known as the living embodiment of the male god Horus

⁃ The disturbance to the tradition of rule by men was a serious challenge to Maat — a word of truth, expressing a belief in order and justice vital to the Egyptians

⁃ Hapshepsut had tried to adapt to the belief in the link between order and patriarchy through her title

⁃ She took the name Maatkare

⁃ Hatshepsut was a “stand in co-monarch”

⁃ The Egyptian kingship traditionally passed from father to son

⁃ Thutmose I to the Thutmose II (Hatshepsut’s husband)

⁃ The crown should have passed to Thutmose III but he was a little boy when Thutmose II passed away

⁃ Hatshepsut would then become a pharaoh, and a co-ruler alongside her step-son, Thutmose III

⁃ It’s also possible someone wanted to dishonor Hatshepsut because she was a “bad pharaoh”

⁃ Evidence suggests she was actually good

⁃ Hatshepsut competently fulfilled the tradition roles of the office

⁃ She was also a great builder

⁃ Her temple Djeser Djeseru was an architectural phenomenon at the time and is still admired today

⁃ She enchanced the economy of Egypt

⁃ She had strong religious connections

⁃ She had a successful military career

⁃ However most of the evidence was written by Hatshepsut herself