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Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Hatshepsut, the woman considered one of Egypt's most successful pharaohs.

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Egyptian pharaoh Hatshepsut, whose name means 'foremost of noble ladies'. She ruled Egypt from about 1479 - 1458 BC and some scholars argue that she was one of the most successful and influential pharaohs. When she came to the throne, Egypt was still recovering from a period of turbulence known as the Second Intermediate Period a few generations earlier. Hatshepsut reasserted Egyptian power by building up international trade and commissioned buildings considered masterpieces of Egyptian architecture. She also made significant changes to the ideology surrounding the pharaoh and the gods. However, following her death, her name was erased from the records and left out of ancient lists of Egyptian kings.


Elizabeth Frood
Associate Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford

Kate Spence
Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Cambridge

Campbell Price
Curator of Egypt and Sudan at The Manchester Museum

Producer: Victoria Brignell.

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43 minutes

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Thu 6 Nov 2014 21:30


Elizabeth Frood at the University of Oxford

Kate Spence at the University of Cambridge

Egypt at the Manchester Museum

The British Museum - Hatshepsut


Deir el-Bahari: Temple of Hatshepsut (Egypt)

Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut

Usurpation of Monuments

UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology

Hatshepsut - Wikipedia



Elizabeth Blyth, Karnak: Evolution of a Temple (Routledge, 2006)

Kara Cooney, The Woman Who Would Be King (Crown, 2014)

José M. Galán, Betsy M. Bryan and Peter F. Dorman (eds.), Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2014)

Marc Van De Mieroop, A History of Ancient Egypt (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

Catharine H. Roehrig, Renée Dreyfus and Cathleen A. Keller, Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (Yale University Press, 2005)

Catharine Roehrig (ed.), Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005)

Joyce Tyldesley, Hatshepsut: The Female Pharaoh (Penguin, 1998)

Willeke Wendrich (ed.), UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology (University of California, 2010) particularly Peter Brand’s essay, ‘Usurpation of Monuments’



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Elizabeth Frood
Interviewed Guest Kate Spence
Interviewed Guest Campbell Price
Producer Victoria Brignell


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