12/15/21 O&A NYC BLACK FACTS: Hatshepsut- The Greatest Female Pharaoh

Hatshepsut was a female pharaoh of Egypt. She reigned between 1473 and 1458 B.C. Her name means “foremost of noblewomen.” Her rule was relatively peaceful and she was able to launch a building program that would see the construction of a great temple at Deir el-Bahari at Luxor.

During the early 15th century BC, Ancient Egypt began its third and final golden age after Pharaoh Ahmose the First, founder of the New Kingdom period, drove out the Hyksos invaders. Ahmose’s great-granddaughter, Pharaoh Hatshepsut, contributed greatly to this age of prosperity by expanding the empire’s trade routes and constructing one of ancient Egypt’s greatest architectural wonders. Despite her gender, Hatshepsut managed to become one of the most successful pharaohs in all of ancient Egyptian history!

Hatshepsut- The Greatest Female Pharaoh

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