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Lecture and Book SIgning: The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

Lecture and Book SIgning: The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

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Lecture and Book SIgning: The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:00pm

Chapter: Georgia (Atlanta)

Speaker: Dr. Kathryn (Kara) Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture, UCLA

Location: Carlos Museum, Reception Hall, Level Three

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Description: Hatshepsut—the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne and a mother with ties to the previous dynasty—was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father’s family. Her failure to produce a male heir ultimately paved the way for her improbable rule. By her early twenties, Hatshepsut had successfully negotiated a path from the royal nursery to the very pinnacle of authority, and her reign saw one of ancient Egypt’s most prolific building periods. Scholars have long speculated as to why her monuments were destroyed within a few decades of her death, all but erasing evidence of her unprecedented rule. In this lecture as in her book, Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power—and why she fell from public favor just as quickly.

About the Speaker: Dr. Cooney is a professor at UCLA and host of the Discovery Channel’s Out of Egypt. She give the annual Nix Mann Lecture in conjunction with the publication of her new book The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt. Copies of the book will be available for sale in the Museum Bookstore.

 “Kara Cooney has written a lively, engaging, historically accurate account of one of the most controversial of Egypt's female pharaohs, Hatshepsut. Weaving together evidence from historical texts, the queen's monuments, and archaeological finds, Cooney presents an accessible story of Hatshepsut's rise to power until her demise, bringing ancient Egypt, its people, and its rulers to life. A fun and interesting read!” –Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, American University in Cairo

"What Stacy Schiff did for Cleopatra, Kara Cooney has done for Hatshepsut. An absolutely fantastic read about one of the most powerful Pharaoh-Queens in ancient Egypt. Completely unputdownable!” –Michelle Moran, bestselling author of Nefertiti

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