Queen Ahhotep: The Badass Matriarch of Egypt’s 17th Dynasty

Temple of Mut

Dear Readers: I was recently reminded of Queen Ahhotep by a friend who posted a picture of a prestigious military award given to Egypt’s 17th Dynasty ruler, which accompanied her to the grave: The Golden Flies of Valor.

So, today, I would like to review the life and death of one of Egypt’s most dynamic and influential women.  It seems she was the “leader of the pack”, obviously influencing the strong women who later dominated Egypt’s 18th dynasty (e.g., Hatshepsut, Tiye, Nefertiti and Mutnodjmet)

Ahhotep, whose name means “The Moon is Satisfied”, was the wife of pharaoh Seqenenre Tao (likely her brother), whose own mummy points to a rather gruesome death at the hands of the Hyksos (a group of mixed Semitic-Asiatics who immigrated into Egypt’s delta region and eventually dominated it).  She lived sometime around 1560- 1530 BC.  Eventually, her son drove the foreigners from…

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