Hatshepsut inherits a role as regent of the Egyptian throne when her husband passes away. This is not enough for the ambitious woman, who declares herself Pharaoh and goes on to become the longest serving woman to lead Egypt. In order to legitimize her rule she crafts a careful image and history.
Hatshepsut tries to strike a delicate balance as an untraditional ruler. She must keep her court and ministers loyal and productive as well as increase Egyptian power without emboldening the army. She has a monumental temple built and initiates distant trading campaigns.
Describes the innovative construction and symbolism of obelisks in ancient Egypt as well as their connection with the Pharaoh Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was long a mystery because her successors tried to erase the memory of this female ruler.
Thutmosis III promptly begins to erase the memory of Hatshepsut upon ascending to the throne. He orders the removal of her name and image from monuments, temples, and other memorials. Iconoclasm can be a tool of rulers and governments to rewrite legitimacy.