Hitherto Hatshepsut had been depicted as a typical queen, with a female body and appropriately feminine garments.
But now, after a brief period of experimentation that involved combining a female body with kingly (male) regalia, her formal portraits began to show Hatshepsut with a male body, wearing the traditional regalia of kilt, crown or head-cloth, and false beard.
After her father’s death, 12-year-old Hatshepsut became queen of Egypt when she married her half-brother Thutmose II, the son of her father and one of his secondary wives, who inherited his father’s throne around 1492 B. Hatshepsut was only the third woman to become pharaoh in 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, and the first to attain the full power of the position.
Cleopatra, who also exercised such power, would rule some 14 centuries later.
A brief look at this German site, with English version, leaves a very positive impression.She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. Josephus and Julius Africanus both quote Manetho's king list, mentioning a woman called Amessis or Amensis who has been identified (from the context) as Hatshepsut.According to Egyptologist James Henry Breasted she is also known as "the first great woman in history of whom we are informed." Her husband Thutmose II was the son of Thutmose I and a secondary wife named Mutnofret, who carried the title King's daughter and was probably a child of Ahmose I. In Josephus' work, her reign is described as lasting 21 years and nine months, while Africanus stated it was twenty-two years.And few stop to question this blanket statement from such erudite scholars.The Sunday school picture of Moses leading the Israelites through the Red Sea and receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt.