News from the desiccated, dusty world of Egyptology:
A mummy from a tomb discovered over a century ago in Upper Egypt has been identified as that of Hatshepsut, one of the earliest female rulers known to history.
Hatshepsut’s regnal dates were 1479 to 1458 B.C.
Born a princess, she married her half-brother, who subsequently became pharaoh as Thutmose II. When that monarch died, leaving only an infant son, Hatshepsut took power as regent.
Six years later she was sufficiently confident to have herself crowned as pharaoh, wearing a false beard for the purpose.
She ran a vigorous administration, though there has been some scandalized muttering in Egyptological circles about her relationship with Senenmut, the royal steward.
Plainly this was a formidable lady.
Some papyrus scrolls covered with hieroglyphics found near Hatshepsut’s sarcophagus have not yet been fully deciphered, but appear to be the billing records of a law firm …
(National Review, 7/30/07)