This riveting paperback explores the lives of six remarkable female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra, and shines a piercing light on perceptions of powerful women today.
Female rulers are a rare phenomenonbut thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in male-dominated societies. Why did ancient Egypt provide women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today's world learn from its example?
In this captivating narrative, celebrated Egyptologist Kara Cooney delivers a fascinating tale of female power, exploring the reasons why it has seldom been allowed through the agesand why we should care.
|Publisher:||National Geographic Society|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
KARA COONEY is a professor of Egyptology at UCLA. Her academic work focuses on death preparations, afterlife beliefs, and gender studies. She has participated in digs with the Metropolitan Museum of New York at the Royal Pyramid complex of Senwosret III and the Theban Necropolis with Johns Hopkins University. Cooney's writing has appeared on nationalgeographic.com and she presented a multi-city lecture tour in 2019. She was a lead expert in the popular Discovery Channel special The Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen, and is a recurring team member of the History Channel's Digging for the Truth. Her book The Woman Who Would Be King was published in 2014.
Table of Contents
Ancient Egypt Chronology 6
Introduction: Why Women Don't Rule the World 9
Chapter 1 Merneith | Queen of Blood 23
Chapter 2 Neferusobek | The Last Woman Standing 59
Chapter 3 Hatshepsut | Queen of Public Relations 99
Chapter 4 Nefertiti | More Than Just a Pretty Face 161
Chapter 5 Tawosret | The Survivor 209
Chapter 6 Cleopatra | Drama Queen 253
Epilogue: Why Women Should Rule the World 311
Further Reading and Essential Resources 376