Regent, Regnant or plain bossy: How Royal Women wielded power in ancient Egypt
Men were on the throne in ancient Egypt but women wielded considerable power, of great significance since Egypt was the centre of the ancient world. Our speaker, Zoe McQuinn, pointed out that women derived their power through being the mother, wife, sister and/or daughter of a pharaoh.
The wives and concubines would scheme against one another to have their son succeed to the throne; thus they could exercise power by becoming regent until their son’s majority. And they weren’t above committing murder to get their own way.
Zoe illustrated her talk with a slide show of photos of the original stone work containing the hieroglyphics as well as more detailed drawings of the hieroglyphics.
with thanks to our club Archivist