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.
Associate Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford
Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Cambridge
Curator of Egypt and Sudan at The Manchester Museum
Producer: Victoria Brignell.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
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’
|Interviewed Guest||Elizabeth Frood|
|Interviewed Guest||Kate Spence|
|Interviewed Guest||Campbell Price|