Deir el-Bahri: The Marvelous Monument of a Female Pharaoh
The pharaoh Hatshepsut’s memorial temple at Deir el-Bahri on Luxor’s west bank was her greatest monument.
So much can be learnt about her reign, the ideology of Egyptian kingship and the religious beliefs of the 15th Century BC by exploring the complex scenes and inscriptions on the walls here. The setting and design of this architectural achievement were clearly inspired by those of the elaborate temple-tomb nearby of the founder of the Middle Kingdom Mentuhotep II.
Lucia Gahlin has been teaching Egyptology courses for Dillington House since 2006. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, and lectures throughout the UK. She has a close affiliation with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London and has been Registrar for Barry Kemp’s archaeological expedition at Tell el Amarna in Middle Egypt. She regularly leads tours to Egypt, and her publications include Egypt. Gods, Myths and Religion, and chapters in The Egyptian World (ed. Toby Wilkinson). She is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum and an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society.
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