Hatshepsut's Relationship With Thutmose III

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Discuss the nature of Hatshepsut’s relationship with Thutmose III: (376) The nature of Hatshepsut’s relationship with her nephew, Thutmose III has been in debate between historians and archaeologists alike. The two most common theories, although opposing, about their relationship is that Thutmose III resented Hatshepsut and wanted her claim to the throne. On the contrary, the second theory is that they both ruled co-operatively with Hatshepsut crowning herself king and ruling in a diarchy with her nephew, Thutmose III. Historians such as Gardiner and Wilson support the view that Thutmose III was incapable of claiming throne over Hatshepsut due to the fact that she was king and could not do anything in his position. This view has little evidence, however the destruction of Hatshepsut’s monuments is often used to support this theory. For example, Clayton states that “Once Thutmose had a clear field, he set about expounding the memory of his stepmother… from the monuments”. In saying that, he suggests that Thutmose III did not favour the situation he was in and wished to expel her memory for a political move. To conclude, although there is little evidence to support this theory, there is still a possibility that Thutmose III resented his aunt, Hatshepsut. On the contrary, historians such as Naville and Robins…show more content…
Traditionally, Egyptian kings defended their land against the enemies who lurked into the borders of Egypt. In saying that, Hatshepsut’s reign was essentially a peaceful one and her foreign policy was based on trade rather than warfare. Her foreign policy including her military campaigns and trade expeditions. Such events helped in the economic growth of Egypt by allowing new trade partnerships to be made. In saying that, Hatshepsut rightfully deserves to be considered as a successful ruler, mainly due to her foreign
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