Hatshepsut

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Hatshepsut had nothing to fear when she claimed the throne as Egypt’s King in the Eighteenth Dynasty. She did not commit acts of Hubris or infernal behaviors towards her stepson Thutmosis III. On the contrary to the belief that she was a wicked stepmother and usurper, she protected Thutmosis III’s succession to the throne. When her husband/brother, the former king Thutmosis II died unexpectedly and left Hatshepsut with the infant successor, she dutifully protected her families’ name-claim to the throne when she became Pharaoh. Thutmosis III was still a child when she did this. Thutmosis III’s biological mother was not fit to regent her son because of her low status. However Hatshepsut, his stepmother had the capabilities and the know how to train Thutmosis III for being the next Pharaoh. In the meantime, Egypt needed a Pharaoh. Since she was the remaining daughter of the war general and former King Thutmosis I, she made a smart political move and made herself King. Hatshepsut figured it was she who qualified to be Pharaoh, make Thutmosis III her co-regent, and maintain peace. Furthermore, she wanted to avoid a potential power struggle for the throne. Foreign powers such as the Hyksos were longing to retake Egypt as they had in the Seventeenth Dynasty. A child-king would not be able to maintain Egypt’s defense, but a daughter of a war general and Pharaoh certainly could. The Egyptian Royal Court Life, the environment in which Hatshepsut was raised followed an ancient tradition of an appointed male pharaoh over Upper and Lower Egypt. He would be a man of great militaristic features, the bridge between the gods and human world as well as a superhuman; he was in charge of agriculture and the maintainer of peace over al... ... middle of paper ... ...seneb, a secondary wife. It was important to solidify the royal blood line. Therefore, Thutmosis I and Amose married. “Thumosis I had taken the name of a moon god. Queen Amose was decended from a royal line so ancient that her earliest known ancestor was the sun. So the child Hatshepsut knew herself to be born with vested rights in day and night, the two worlds of heaven and earth, and the two Egypts”. Hatshepsut’s parents had two sons but, they died before King Thutmosis I. Hatshepsut was the remaining child. In addition, to learning about her ancestresses and her mother, she learned everything of her father Thutmosis I, the military Pharaoh. Perhaps it was him who made her military inclined. It seems Hatshepsut was his favorite child and she makes that statement constantly during her reign, even said that her father deemed her the rightful heir to throne.

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