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Ancient Egypt: When Women Ruled the World - By Prof. Kara Cooney

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How did women reach the pinnacle of power in ancient Egypt, what compromises did rulers like Hatshepsut and Cleopatra make to achieve this?

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A woman’s power in ancient Egypt (and perhaps even today) was always compromised from the outset, and this lecture will address the root causes of this social inequality. The female king of Egypt, Hatshepsut, was able to take the throne for a considerable length of time, but she could only do so by sharing power with a male ruler. Cleopatra attempted to use her sexuality and money to build alliances with warlords of the Roman empire and keep its imperial exploitation at bay. Women in power in ancient Egypt were exceptions, and, for the most part, served as mere placeholders. Given this social reality in the ancient world, how then did women negotiate their limited leadership roles? Were they able to rule “behind the throne” so to speak? How are we to find a woman’s power when it was so habitually cloaked by a man’s dominance? This lecture will address those questions and ask how much of this ancient reality still touches us today.

Chesterfield Egyptology Society (CHES) are proud to host, who Kara will be speaking live from Los Angeles (LA time 09:15/ UK 17:15 .

Kara will talk for 70 minutes, then after a short break you can put your own questions to her directly.

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