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Tausret: Forgotten Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt

Richard H. Wilkinson


One of only a few women who ruled ancient Egypt as a king during its thousands of years of history, Tausret was the last pharaoh of the 19th dynasty (c.1200 bce), the last ruling descendent of Ramesses the Great, and one of only two female monarchs buried in Egypt's renowned Valley of the Kings. Though mentioned even in Homer as the pharaoh of Egypt who interacted with Helen at the time of the Trojan War, she has long remained a figure shrouded in mystery, hardly known even by many Egyptologists. Nevertheless, recent archaeological discoveries have illuminated Tausret's importance, her accompl ... More

Keywords: Egypt, Tausret, Ramesses the Great, Valley of the Kings, ruling queens, female monarchs, Egyptology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199740116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard H. Wilkinson, editor
University of Arizona

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