Kathlyn Cooney, associate professor, Egyptian Art and Architecture, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California Los Angeles

Male rulers dominate ancient history. Only the singular female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to take on formal power for any considerable length of time, and only as regent to her son Thutmose III. Learn how Hatshepsut negotiated her leadership role, how she ruled behind the throne before her accession as king, and about her relationship with her son Thutmose III. Peer through the cloak of traditional patriarchal systems to see the woman behind the statues, monuments, stelae, and obelisks.

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Above: Egyptian, Fragment from Hatshepsut’s fallen obelish at Karnak, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Hatshepsut, 1473-1458 BC. 75.12. Granite. Gift of heirs of Francis Cabot Lowell.