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Queen Hatshepsut was the fifth ruler of the 18th dynasty and was able to rise from princess to queen to pharaoh She was supposedly born a beautiful child to the pharaoh Tuthmosis I and his queen Ahmose Her family came from an ancestral line of strong and effective leaders who were devoted to Egypt Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs After the death of her father her half brother Tuthmosis II became king When he became pharaoh Tuthmosis had no choice but to marry a woman of the royal blood Marriages between close relatives were usually within ancient Egypts royal family so Hatshepsut was destined to become her half brothers wife who had a son Tuthmosis III by a minor wife After Tuthmosis II died in 1479 BC his son Tuthmosis III would become pharaoh However Tuthmosis was too young to marry or rule so for a short time Hatshepsut ruled with her nephew as a regent At first Hatshepsut stayed in the background so that Tuthmosis III would be seen as the true pharaoh But little by little she took on more of the work and more of the power She chose officials and advisers and she made decisions about running the kingdom She also sent out the army when needed Not long after was Hatshepsut basically ruling for herself and left Tuthmosis with very little power As Hatshepsut gained power she became more interested in ruling Egypt She decided that she would become the next pharaoh and not Tuthmosis III Most of Hatshepsuts rule was peaceful so she had plenty of time to work on projects in Egypt She repaired many temples and other buildings that had been damaged in wars She also had new buildings statues and monuments constructed to proclaim her power Hatshepsut dedicated her temples to the god Amen who was the divine father of every pharaoh Hatshepsut felt that Amen had brought her good luck
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