Episode 62: Holy of Holies

Regnal Year 7 of Thutmose III & Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut (1488 BCE)


In 1488 BCE Hatshepsut makes some of her most daring moves. She takes the throne, becoming the second of Egypt’s currently reigning kings.

To solidify her old on power, Hatshepsut leads a short campaign to Nubia, and then begins work on a magnificent building project.

We explore the temple of Djeser-Djeseru, “Holy of Holies,” the great terrace at Deir el-Bahari.

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The four stages of Hatshepsut’s public image, from female (1) to male (4).

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Photos from Metropolitan Museum of Art (#1; #2; #3; #4; )

Hatshepsut and Seshat (goddess) “stretch the cord” to establish Djeser-Djeseru

(photo: J.A. Belmonte)

Alabaster oil-jar, from the foundation deposits of Deir el-Bahari (Louvre)

Reconstruction of the Deir el-Bahari foundation deposits (Met. Museum of Art)

The Temple of Djeser-Djeseru at Deir el-Bahari. Larger Resolution. Stock photo.

Djeser-Djseru from the south-east. Larger resolution. Stock photo.



Gay Robins, The Art of Ancient Egypt, 2008.

Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994.

Kara Cooney, The Woman Who Would be King, 2014.

James H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, vol. II, 1906.

Catherine A. Roehrig (editor), Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh, 2005.

Edouard Naville, The Temple of Deir el-Bahari, vols. V and VI, 1906.

Marta Sankiewicz, “The ‘co-regency’ of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III in light of iconography in the temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari,” Current Research in Egyptology 2010, 2011. Read Online.

Betsy M. Bryan (editor), Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut, 2014.

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