Mysteries and Myths of Egypt’s Female Kings

Mysteries and Myths of Egypt’s Female Kings

Photo by Mikel Healey

Location Info:

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX  77005
713-639-7300
You know Cleo, but how about Hatshepsut, the woman who successfully ruled ancient Egypt as a king? How about Merneith, So- bekneferu or Twosret? The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Society of the Archaeological Institute of America will present Mysteries and Myths of Egypt’s Female Kings, a lecture by UCLA’s premier Egyptologist, and late-night talk show regular, Dr. Kara Cooney, to make sure you do. “Why is a powerful woman threatening to people?” asks Becky Lao, AIA executive director. “We think the issues that we’re facing today are contemporary for us, but humans throughout time have faced these issues.” Lao sees her organization as a memory keeper for much of this lost history (Hatshepsut’s nephew, her successor, erased much of her legacy after her death), which reminds us that victors write the stories and, even in today’s political world, memory can still be deliberately erased.

6:30 p.m. Thursday. 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free.

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