By Tony Holmes
There were been six female rulers in 3,000 years of Egypt’s Ancient History. There was no word for a female ruler in Ancient Egyptian. It was not until the time of the Greek occupation (around 323BC) that a word for queen was introduced into Egypt when Basilissa was heard for the first time.
Five of the six female rulers ruled at the end of dynasties, when power was already slipping from the grasp of the ruling dynasties and no male was available to take the throne. The only female who reigned as a powerful ruler during a golden period of Egyptian history was Hatshepsut who came to the throne in a somewhat illegitimate manoeuvre described below.
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Source : http://www.historytimes.com/fresh-perspectives-in-history/pre-and-ancient-history/ancient-egypt/613-famous-women-of-ancient-egypt-pharaoh-hatshepsut