Two Warrior Queens: Women in War and History

Zoie Coburn Ball State University, Corey McVey Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Christine Shea Ball State University
Women in ancient history held powerful positions in many different societies. The examples that we will be discussing is Hatshepsut and Zenobia. These fierce women played major roles in their societies in times when women were not inherently seen as powerful. Hatshepsut rose to power and, even though she was not the first female pharaoh, she was the first female pharaoh to have full power in her position. She was an ambitious pharaoh. She erected a temple that is now known as one of the wonders of ancient Egypt. Some scholars suggest that her drive was ignited by the unrest in the political hemisphere during her reign. This was threatening the stability of the royal family’s power and reign. During the late Roman Empire, there was a split which created the Palmyrene Empire. Zenobia was the queen of this empire. She was fierce in challenging the rule of the Roman Empire, not in outright rebellion but to exert her position as the queen of the east. Her first move was during the Roman Empire civil war, she went and claimed Roman Egypt for the Palmyrene Empire. These women are a lot alike however, they ruled their societies differently and had strategies all their own. The time periods that these women lived in was not always kind to female power or the female experience in general. They left impressions on history, created legacies centered around strong female influence, and gave future women a role model to follow in the footsteps of.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

10:30 AM
Jordan Hall 278