Date of Award
Master of Arts
Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Patricia V. Podzorski
In this study, I will argue that royal women during the ancient Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty held high social and political status that was part of a gradual increase that had began in the Old Kingdom and is clearly seen from the Sixth Dynasty onwards. This can be seen through the acquisition of kingly iconographic attributes (including the uraeus, cartouche, style of artistic representation, etc.), the evolving titulary, and the burial complexes of the royal women. In addition to a detailed study of these elements which define royal female roles and authority, I will examine certain theories made by previous scholars regarding the status of royal women. This thesis presents a corpus of every published representation of Twelfth Dynasty royal women that I could locate, an updated titulary table chronologically organized, and plans of late Old Kingdom, Eleventh Dynasty and Dynasty Twelve royal female mortuary complexes.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hill, Brandi, "The Evolution of Royal Female Power from the Late Old Kingdom through the Twelfth Dynasty" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 971.