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Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe
Learn about the origins and development of Western societies and institutions from the ancient world through the Middle Ages in this credit-eligible course.
Notes on 3 Lectures I Watched in This Course:
Differences between Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
Ancient Egyptian War, Politics and Gods
The Egyptian Empire at its Greatest Extent
1 People I Have Learned About in this Course:
Queen Hatshepsut (1507-1458 BC)
The fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled jointly with her son, Thutmose III, who had ascended to the throne as one-year-old child after the death of his father
  • instead of being satisfied as the queen mother who was in charge until her son grew up, Hatshepsut actually took over the office of pharaoh
  • while women had a relatively high status in ancient Egypt and enjoyed the legal right to own, inherit, or will property, a woman becoming pharaoh was rare
  • generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty
  • she was successful in warfare early in her reign, but generally is considered to be a pharaoh who inaugurated a long peaceful era
  • reestablished the trade networks
  • one of the most prolific builders in ancient Egypt, commissioning hundreds of construction projects throughout both Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt, and of course her own temple, the Temple of Hatshepsut
  • "the first great woman in history of whom we are informed"