السبت، 8 أكتوبر، 2011

Titles of Queens in Ancient Egypt

The official title of the queen was "Hemet niswt weret" or the "Great Royal Wife."

Queens had titles, like kings, which associated them with various deities, especially Hathor, Isis, Thoth, and others. Some queens were called "Mother of the Royal Children" or the "King's Mother."

When the queen's son became king, his mother would be elevated to the status "Mother of the King and Wife of the deceased King."

This happened, for example, in the cases of Isis, mother of Tuthmosis the Third, and Tiaa, mother of Tuthmosis the Fourth.

The queen was sometimes called "The God's Wife" or the "Wife of Amun" to show that she was born through the divine body of the god as the kings were.

Queens were depicted beside their husbands in the social or religious festivities as well as at the window of appearances, when the king inspected his courtiers, priests, and army generals, presenting them with the "gold of praise."

They were shown wearing crowns, jewelry, and cosmetics .

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