Hatshepsut APPROXIMATELY 1500–1460 BC PHARAOH EGYPT
[Hatshepsut] had no wish to be remembered merely for her sex, which she regarded as an irrelevance; she had demanded—and for a brief time won—the right to be ranked as an equal amongst the pharaohs.
—JOYCE TYLDESLEY, HATCHEPSUT: THE FEMALE PHARAOH
The Egyptians stood shoulder to shoulder, so crowded was the plaza. The sun beat down as they awaited the unveiling of the new royal monument. As the trumpets sounded and the slaves pulled the cloth away from the stone, people in the front rows strained their eyes to get a better...