I'm With her: A Feminist Parable From Ancient Egypt
Ever since Napoleon invaded North Africa, the West has seen ancient Egypt as an exotic “other”: a fascinating realm of mummies, magic, and mystery. Actually, this fascination began long before Napoleon: the ancient historian Herodotus observed that Egyptians did all sorts of things in opposite ways from his fellow Greeks. The Egyptians indeed differed strikingly from their Western contemporaries in customs and outlook. But ancient Egypt also holds surprising relevance for us modern Westerners, especially with regard to cultural habits, political ideology, and gender. In this year’s Reeves Lecture, Professor Hammond explores this relevance by examining the seldom recognized and under-appreciated career of Egypt’s most powerful female ruler: the pharaoh Hatshepsut of the Eighteenth Dynasty.