New York: ‘The Rediscovery of Thutmose III and Hatshepsut’

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Presented by: Dr. Aidan Dodson

(ARCE/NY) in Association with the Salmagundi Club and Open to ARCE Members Only

  • 6:00 PM ETNew York
  • In-PersonSalmagundi Club, NY, 10003
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Lecture Information

Hatshepsut – Wife of Pharaoh Thutmose II, became regent to his successor, her step-son Thutmose III. She seized the throne, becoming one of the few female rulers of Ancient Egypt from c: 1505-1482 BC. Her reign was typified by supreme artistic and cultural achievements. Her temple, opposite modern-day Luxor, is considered one of the masterpieces of world architecture.

Thutmose III – reigned for almost 54 years, until c. 1425 BC. For the first 22 years he was kept in the background by his step-mother Hatshepsut. As sole ruler, he embarked on a career of conquest, expanding the Egyptian Empire to its largest extant and ushering in a Golden Age. Having never lost a battle, he is nicknamed “The Napoleon of Egypt” and his military tactics are studied to this day. Late in his reign the memory of his predecessor Hatshepsut was expunged from historical records.

Ultimately, they were both forgotten to history and only rediscovered after the ability to read hieroglyphs was regained in the 19th Century. They remain subjects of intense interest and debate to this day.

Speaker Bio

Aidan Mark Dodson is a world-renown Egyptologist and historian. He has been honorary professor of Egyptology at the University of Bristol since 2018. Born in London, he completed a BA at the University of Liverpool (1985), and an MPhil (1986, museum practice and archaeology) and PhD (1995, Egyptology) at Christ’s College, Cambridge. He began teaching at the University of Bristol in October 1996, also holding the post of Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo from January to July 2013. His primary research interests concern Ancient Egypt, with a particular focus on dynastic history and chronology, tomb architecture, sarcophagus and coffin design, canopic equipment, and the history of Egyptology; he is also an historian of late 19th and early 20th century navies, and has written on the royal tombs of Great Britain.

He is the author of over twenty books, 300 articles and reviews, and is well known to viewers of documentaries concerning Egyptology.

Dodson was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003.