Monday, November 29, 2010

Queen Arsinoë II Ruled Ancient Egypt as Female Pharaoh

Queen Arsinoe

An unique queen's crown with ancient symbols forms the basis for a re-interpretation of historical developments in Egypt in the period following the death of Alexander the Great. A thesis from the University of Gothenburg states that the Queen Arsinoë II ruled ancient Egypt as a female pharaoh, predating Cleopatra by 200 years.

Researchers largely agree on Queen Arsinoë II's importance. She was put on a level with the ancient goddesses Isis and Hathor, and was still respected and honoured 200 years after her death.

Maria Nilsson studied Queen Arsinoë II's historical importance by interpreting her personal crown and its ancient symbols. The crown, which was never been found but depicted on statues and Egyptian reliefs was created with the help of the powerful Egyptian priesthood to symbolise the qualities of the queen.

The source material comes from Egypt and can be used as a basis for understanding the country's political and religious development. At the same time, Nilsson paves the way for future studies of Egyptian crowns as symbols of power and status, and of the development of art in a more general sense.

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