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The Queens of Ancient Egypt


Wed 3 Aug 2016, 6:15pm–8:15pm

Where: Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Early Bird Fee: $108.00
  • Full Fee: $120.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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"Come to me in peace, daughter of my loins, beloved Maatkare, thou art the king" - Amun, to his divine daughter, Hatshepsut.

When we think of ancient Egypt’s, Tutankhamun, Ramesses the Great and Akhenaten come to mind, but the world’s first superpower wasn’t ruled by men alone. The pharaohnic queens of Egypt held power, both secular and cosmological. While many queens acted as consorts, some ruled in their own right, becoming powerful figures in ancient history. The ancient Egyptian queens remain amongst the most evocative and well-known women in our collective history, they include Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

This lecture series looks at both the archaeological evidence and popular beliefs attached to ancient Egyptian queens and queenship. Religion, politics, art and architecture are examined to see how well the artefacts and evidence match the myths told by later monarchs and historians. The course explores the position of women within general society and concludes with an examination of the final conquest of Egypt and the life of Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh.

Sarah Vidler is a freelance consultant, guide and teacher of ancient Egyptian archaeology. She has led and co-led the two Victoria University study tours to Egypt.

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