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Foremost of Women: The Female Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

Joyce Tyldesley

in Tausret

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199740116
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740116.003.0001
Foremost of Women: The Female Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

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This chapter examines the broader context in which Tausret's life and reign must be understood by examining the positions and roles of royal women in Egypt—focusing on the known queens who ruled in their own names—from earliest times till Cleopatra VII. Beyond its biographical analysis, the chapter examines areas of connection between ancient Egypt's female pharaohs by considering underlying questions such as What were the factors that affected female rule and how did these factors affect the kind of situation in which Tausret became pharaoh?

Keywords: Tausret; royal women; ancient Egypt; female pharaohs

Chapter.  9289 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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