Female Horus: The Life and Reign of Tausret

Gae Callender

in Tausret

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199740116
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933174 | DOI:
Female Horus: The Life and Reign of Tausret

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This chapter examines the immediate historical context of Tausret's life and situates her within that understanding as well as illuminating the queen's reign by facts gleaned from recent archaeological discoveries. Beginning with Tausret's unique literary-historic role as Egypt's pharaoh at the time of the Trojan War, her apparent appearance in Homer's Odyssey is sketched before the available details of her reign are considered. Both the uniqueness of the queen's reign and the similarities between Tausret and other female rulers are examined. The special position of Tausret as the last ruling descendent of Ramesses the Great is explored in detail, since this was a vital part of the queen's program of legitimation and an important aspect in understanding her monuments.

Keywords: queen; ancient Egypt; female pharaohs; Troja War; Odyssey; reign; Ramesses the Great; legitimation

Chapter.  10071 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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