The Shrouded History of Nitocris: Was the Last Pharaoh of the Sixth Dynasty a Woman?

May 25, 2019 - General
Was Nitocris a female pharaoh in the 6th dynasty?

Nitocris is claimed by some sources to have been a female pharaoh of ancient Egypt. However, prior to the Ptolemaic Dynasty, there were few female rulers in the history of ancient Egypt. Many of these women ruled only as regents for their underage sons.

The most famous of these early female rulers is arguably Hatshepsut, a pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty. Although she officially ruled jointly with her nephew and step-son, Thutmose III (who was still a child when he ascended the throne), Hatshepsut assumed the title of pharaoh several years into her reign. Despite efforts by her successors to completely erase her from history, there are enough artifacts from her reign to attest to her existence and status.

Unlike Hatshepsut, Nitocris is a much more mysterious figure. Apart from being mentioned by Herodotus and Manetho, there is little else at present that points towards her existence.

Female pharaohs of ancient Egypt. (QuotesGram)

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