Super Exclusive Guest Post
Hi everyone! We’re Leah and Kate Rooper, authors of JANE UNWRAPPED, a YA mythological fantasy coming out with Entangled Teen Crave on October 12th. We’re so happy to be joining you on My Fictional Escape today and sharing with you some tidbits about Egypt’s fascinating history and mythology.
Women played a huge role in the formation of Egypt’s history, and their contributions to politics, religion, and even war strategy were highly influential on Egypt’s role as a world power. Here are our top five picks for the most powerful women in Egypt’s history and mythology.
1. Nefertiti: Nefertiti may have been the wife to the most infamous pharaoh in Egyptian history and stepmother to the most well known pharaoh of all, but Nefertiti was influential in her own right. Along with her husband Akhenaten, Nefertiti was responsible for causing a revolution that upturned religious worship in Egypt for years. Furthermore, artwork depicts Nefertiti performing roles previously only seen by males, such as defeating enemies. It is also theorized that Nefertiti ruled Egypt as pharaoh after her husband’s death, before Tutankhamen took the throne.
2. Isis: Isis was a prominent figure in Egyptian mythology, and highly influential on women in the society, She was seen as the ultimate mother and wife, as well as a friend to anyone from slave to the pharaohs. As the goddess of health and wisdom, her powers revolved around resurrection and nature. Isis not only had a huge following back in ancient Egypt’s day, but she’s also one of the only ancient gods to still have a huge cult following today.
3. Hatshepsut: The first official female pharaoh, Hatshepsut is considered one of the most successful leaders in Egyptian history. Although successful warfare campaigns added to Hatshepsut’s success, her peaceful negotiations in opening up trading relationships and routes made Egypt prosperous and wealthy. Combined with the fact she organized the building of many of Egypt’s most beloved monuments, Hatshepsut proved that she was a worthy pharaoh.
4. Nephthys: Isis’s sister, Nephthys is the goddess of death, and is associated with nighttime and mummification. Nephthys was seen as the other side of the coin of Isis: one for life, another for death. This does not been Nephthys was not as loving or caring as Isis; she was equally as important and powerful. Nephthys was said to comfort the dying and was much revered by women in ancient Egypt.
5. Cleopatra: Famous for her beauty and charm, Cleopatra was more than just a pretty face sitting atop the throne. As the last active pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra spoke Egyptian after many of her predecessors only spoke Greek, creating a bond between her and the people that created much-needed stability. Many records of her speak of her charisma and wit, which helped her seduce two of the most influential men in Roman history: Caesar and Mark Antony. Although her campaign was eventually unsuccessful, Cleopatra created alliances with Rome that solidified her as one of the most famous leaders in all of history.
Thanks for reading about these powerful figures in history and mythology! If you thought they were interesting, check some of them out in action on October 12th in JANE UNWRAPPED, our young adult novel about a teen scientist who dies and wakes up in the Egyptian underworld, coming out with Entangled Teen Crave on October 12th! You can keep updated at http://www.leahkatewrite.com
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Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books – lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they’re not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.You can find them at: