🇺🇸/ The beautiful Temple of Deir-el-Bahari. It was built for the Queen-pharaoh Maatkara Hatshepsut as a mortuary temple by her architect Senmut. A papyrus dating from the XVIII dynasty suggests he also was the Queen’s lover, as Senmut is called “the servant of the Queen’s heart’s desires”. In total, Senmut held more than 60 important titles, one of them being preceptor of 2 of Hatshepsut’s daughters, Neferure and Merytre-Hatshepsut. We have no real proof he really was her lover, but the fact his tomb lyes next to the mortuary temple may confirm the hypothesis. Senmut also may have played an important role in helping Hatshepsut keeping her fragile position on the throne as king of Egypt.
XVIII dynasty, New Kingdom.
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🇫🇷/ Le magnifique temple de Deir-el-Bahari. Il fut construit pour la reine-pharaon Mâatkarê Hatshepsout en tant que temple funéraire par son architecte Senmout. Un papyrus datant de la XVIII dynastie suggère qu’il était aussi l’amant de la reine, puisque Senmout est appelé « le serviteur des désirs du coeur de la reine ». Au total, Senmout portait plus de 60 titres importants, dont précepteur de 2 des filles de Hatshepsout, Néférourê et Mérytrê-Hatshepsout. On a pas de preuve concrète qu’il était réellement son amant, mais le fait que sa tombe se trouve à côté du temple funéraire pourrait confirmé cette hypothèse. Senmout aurait aussi sûrement joué un rôle important en aidant Hatshepsout à conserver sa place fragile sur le trône en tant que roi d’Egypte.
XVIII dynastie, Nouvel Empire.
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The story revolves around Nefertari who has been portrayed as the sole survivor of the heretics, Nefertiti and Akhenaten (historically not confirmed yet). It begins with a coronation which makes Ramses the Pharaoh and how that event changes everything in Nefertari's life. While the main characters get divided into two sects in their attempt to win Ramses's confidence, everyone in this political drama uses each other as a tool to emphasise their cause, the favourite tool being Nefertari. Nefertari rises in such adverse conditions determined not to let her past define her and goes out of her way to make an identity for herself. Amidst the struggle she is faced with yet another challenge- the request for exodus. Torn apart between protecting Egypt and granting the request she emerges as a Queen who is successfully able to do both.
Queen Hatshepsut was a powerful and intelligent leader. There were people in the government who were very loyal to her. After a few years of being regent, she decided to become Pharaoh. She had herself named Pharaoh. She took charge of the country.
Hatshepsut was a gifted and cunning leader who remained in power for 20 years as a woman pharaoh. Rather than go to war, she established trade relationships with many foreign countries. Through trade she made Egypt a rich nation. Her time of rule was a time of peace and prosperity.
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Today on February 16 1923, the renowned British archaeologist, Howard Carter, discovers the Sarcophagus of Tutankhamen.
Howard Carter is one of the world’s most famous archaeologists and leading Egyptologists. He began his career in Egypt as an artist, drawing detailed pictures of various artifacts and tombs. After WW1 ended in 1918, he resumed his excavation work in Egypt but with limited success. His main financier, Lord Carnarvon, was growing increasingly dissatisfied with the lack of progress. He warned Carter that he only had one more season to find something of substance before being cut off.
Back in November 1922, a young boy working for Carter as a water fetcher discovered the tomb entrance while playing in the sand. The crew began feverishly excavating the site and discovered a stone stairway leading down to a sealed door. Almost a month later, Carter entered the tomb and found a massive collection of gold, artifacts and treasures. On February 16th he opened the innermost chamber of the complex and found the iconic Sarcophagus of Tutankhamun. King Tut’s tomb contained several golden shrines, weapons, chariots and clothing.
King Tut’s tomb was certainly one of the most well-preserved tombs ever found, including the sarcophagus and mummy itself. Carter employed meticulous excavation techniques and carefully detailed all of the artifacts. His discovery received worldwide press coverage and sparked renewed interest in Ancient Egypt. Further investments were made to various Egyptian archaeology projects. Carter spent another decade excavating and cataloging the 5,400 items found in King Tut’s Tomb. He eventually returned to Britain as a well-respected and famous museum curator.
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