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Book Categories: Queens, Hatshepsut, Akhenaten & Nefertiti, Cleopatra, Fiction, Pharaohs, Egypt History, Ancient Egypt, Modern Egypt, Documentaries, Africa

Queens of Egypt

Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt by Joyce Tyldesley. Covers 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship, from Early Dynastic times until the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC. Presents a biographical portrait of every queen, supplemented by family trees, timelines, and more. 273 illustrations, 150 in color.

Queens of Egypt: From Hetepheres to Cleopatra by Christiane Ziegler. Goes beyond stereotypes to examine the roles played by women in Ancient Egypt, and the status of queens, secondary royal wives, and concubines. 550 illustrations.

Queens of Ancient Egypt by Rosanna Pirelli. A survey of the role and status of the female rulers of Egypt. Illustrated.

When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney. Explores the lives of six female pharaohs, from Hatshepsut to Cleopatra.

Arsinoe II

Arsinoë of Egypt and Macedon: A Royal Life by Elizabeth Donnelly Carney. Biography of the powerful Arsinoe II (c. 316-c.270 BC), daughter of Ptolemy Soter, the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty. She endured two tumultuous marriages, leaving bloodshed in her wake, before marrying her brother Ptolemy II, king of Egypt, and ending her days in great wealth and security.

Crown of Arsinoe II: The Creation of an Image of Authority by Maria Nilsson. A detailed study of a unique crown that was created for the Ptolemaic Egyptian Queen Arsinoe II.

Berenice II

Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt by Dee L. Clayman. A mother of six, immensely wealthy and ambitious, Berenice II was daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes. She became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens and was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals.

Berenice II Euergetis: Essays in Early Hellenistic Queenship by Branko F. van Oppen de Ruiter. Essays about the daughter of King Magas of Cyrene (modern day Libya), who was wife to King Ptolemy III of Egypt.

Other Women

Sister-Queens in the High Hellenistic Period: Kleopatra Thea and Kleopatra III by Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones and Alex McCauley. The first full-length study of these queens of Egypt and Syria. (As of June 2022, Amazon was displaying the wrong cover for this book.)

Daughters of Isis by Joyce Tyldesley. A history of women in ancient Egypt. Two chapters are devoted to influential women of the royal harem and semi-divine queens.

God's Wife, God's Servant: The God's Wife of Amun by Mariam Ayad. During the Egyptian Twenty-Third to Twenty-Sixth dynasties (c.754-525 BC), five royal women -- Libyan and Nubian princesses -- were elevated to supreme religious authority.

Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt by Anne K. Capel and Betsy M. Bryan, edited by Glenn E. Markoe. Art from ancient Egypt illustrates the lives of Egyptian women, including royal women.

Women in Hellenistic Egypt: From Alexander to Cleopatra by Sarah B. Pomeroy.

Women in Ancient Egypt by Gay Robins.

Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt: A Sourcebook edited by Jane Rowlandson and Roger S. Bagnall. Covers the period between 332 BC and 6 AD.


Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh by Joyce Tyldesley. Biography of Hatchepsut (also spelled Hatshepsut), who reigned from 1486 - 1468 B.C.

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt by Kara Cooney. A biography of the longest-reigning female pharaoh in ancient Egypt.

Hatshepsut: From Queen to Pharaoh edited by Catharine H. Roehrig, Renee Dreyfus, and Cathleen A. Keller. A look at the artistically productive reign of Hatshepsut from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hatshepsut in Fiction

Child of the Morning by Pauline Gedge. A novel about female pharaoh Hatshepsut.

Daughter of the Gods: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Stephanie Thornton. Egyptian queen Hatshepsut is torn between the demands of leadership and the desires of her heart as enemies plot her downfall.

The Double Crown: Secret Writings of the Female Pharaoh by Marié Heese. Novel about Hatshepsut.

Children's Books About Hatshepsut

Hatshepsut: First Female Pharaoh by Peggy Pancella. Biography for children ages 4 to 8.

Hatshepsut: Egypt's First Female Pharaoh by Pamela J. Dell. For children ages 9 to 12.

Hatshepsut: The Princess Who Grew Up to Be King by Ellen Galford. Biography of the female pharaoh who dressed as a man to quell the fears of her people, who were unused to being ruled by a woman. For children ages 9 to 12.

Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamen

Books About Tutankhamen and His Family


Books About Cleopatra & Her Dynasty

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