The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture “Mysteries and Myths of Egypt’s Female Kings”

Thursday, May. 18, 2017 – Thursday, May. 18, 2017

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


Presented by author Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian art and architecture, and chair, department of Near Eastern language and cultures, UCLA

Who were the women who once ruled the richest and most successful state of the ancient Mediterranean and African Bronze Age? Despite the patriarchy in which they lived, Ancient Egypt’s female kings ruled with real, unadulterated power. Yet many of these female leaders were judged harshly for taking power. Some were erased from the historical record by the men who followed them, leaving them elusive historical figures surrounded by mystery and myth. Go beyond the myths to discover these powerful female kings and their historical legacy.

Copies of Cooney’s book, The Woman Who Would Be King, are for sale at the program. A book signing follows the talk.

This program is free! Drop in to participate. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

About the Speaker
Kara Cooney, professor at UCLA, hosted the Discovery Channel’s 2009 series Out of Egypt. She is author of The Cost of Death: The Social and Economic Value of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Art in the Ramesside Period (2007) and Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt: The Woman Who Would be King (2014).


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Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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