Episode 65: Hatshepsut of Millions of Years

Hatshepsut (Part V): Monuments and the Jubilee.

1485-1477. In regnal years 10-17, Hatshepsut directed a flurry of building work. Monuments were going up all over Egypt, requiring the work of thousands. These projects culminated in the year 16 sed-festival, Hatshepsut’s grand jubilee: an anniversary….but of what?

Additional vocals provided by Anya Banerjee (Actress).


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A sphinx of Hatshepsut (Hayes, vol II).

Hatshepsut’s Red Chapel, reconstructed (Thebes-Louxour.net).

Scarabs of Hatshepsut (Hayes, vol II).

Thutmose III from Hatshepsut’s Punt Reliefs (Hayes, vol II).

Hathor, from Hatshepsut’s jubilee reliefs (flickr).

Amun, Lord of Thebes, from Djeser Djeseru at Deir el-Bahari (Hayes, vol II).

Hatshepsut in the Double Crown of Lower (Red) and Upper (White) Egypt (Hayes, vol II).

Hatshepsut in the White Crown of Upper Egypt (Hayes, vol II).

Statues of Hatshepsut in votive offering pose (Hayes, vol II).



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

Peter Dorman, The Monuments of Senenmut, 1988.

Alan B. Lloyd, A Companion to Ancient Egypt, 2010.

William Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt, volume II, 1978 (Book Online).

Aaron Shackell-Smith, Hatshepsut: Four Investigations, 2012 (PhD Thesis Online).

Todd Gillen, The Historical Inscription on Queen Hatshepsut’s Chapelle Rouge, 2005 (Article Online).



UCL – Hatshepsut

UCLA – Digital Karnak, time of Hatshepsut

Maat-ka-ra.de – the Speos Artemidos

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Thomas Callum says:

    Maybe you mentioned it and I didn’t catch it, but do any Egyptologists argue that Hatshepsut held the Sed festival not to celebrate the coming of age of the young king, but in order to demonstrate her strength in the face of a possible rival, now that he was old enough to take over?

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Thomas,
      Yes that has been theorised. Being cautious, Egyptologists don’t push the theory yet – not until we have more evidence for the actual *existence* of an alternate faction. Since the pharaohs didn’t publicise the existence of cousins etc, it is hard to prove what factions existed and might need to be suppressed. But it’s certainly possible, and could easily have been a factor 🙂

  2. I have a feeling that by this point she stated to become a bit too sure of herself, her kingship.
    The other princes had died, her nephew could also die, naturally, before ascending to the throne leaving her to rule alone and uncontested. In this case I believe that it was a good idea have Neferura prepared as “insurance”. If both co-rulers died, who would succeed?
    There’s also the case of her simply dying on the throne. After so many years of rule I think that she overcome any guilty or shame she could have felt and was feeling very comfortable with herself. (but only if the hypothesis os the restoration of neglected northern temples is true)

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