Hatshepsut, whose name means “First Among Noble Women”, was a female Egyptian pharaoh who ruled egypt for 20 years. While pharaoh, she developed trade relationships, sponsored building projects, and kept war out of her country. After she was killed, however, Thutmose ||| destroyed Hatshepsut’s temples, erased hieroglyphic writing about her, and altogether attempted to erase all memory of Hatshepsut as Egypt’s pharaoh. Hatshepsut was a powerful and noble ruler, who caused Egypt to flourish and thrive under her reign.
Hatshepsut was one of many members of a powerful dynasty that ruled during the New Kingdom dynasties. She was the only child born to Thutmose | and his queen, Ahmose. Thutmose | also had a secondary wife - Mutnofret-…show more content… In his place, Hatshepsut served as his regent while Thutmose ||| grew up. However, instead of waiting until Thutmose was old enough, and handing him the throne, Hatshepsut became full pharaoh. Seven years into her time as temporary ruler, Hatshepsut seized power for herself. As pharaoh, she built temples and other buildings, created trading relationships, and kept war out of her country. Although war did not come to her country while she ruled, Hatshepsut sent out military expeditions to the lands of Syria and Nubia. Hatshepsut may have done this to continue Thutmose |’s activity there, or it might have been provoked by Syria and Nubia themselves. It is also possible Hatshepsut wanted to uphold the warrior king traditions in Egypt. Throughout her reign, Hatshepsut depicted herself as a male, and wore a false beard and a pharaoh’s mask. Hatshepsut built the temple Djeser-Djeseru, which was dedicated to the god Amun. She also erected granite obelisks outside the temple of Amun at Karnak. Nine years into her time as pharaoh, Hatshepsut left for a trading expedition to the land of Punt. When she returned, she brought back gold, ivory, and myrrh trees. Hatshepsut had a successful rule, that lasted 20 years, until she was