Assess Hatshepsut's Relationship With The Amun

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A) Assess Hatshepsut’s relationship with the Amun priesthood, officials and nobles, including Senenmut – 15 Hatshepsut’s relationship with the god Amun was of great significance to her reign as Pharaoh as it legitimised her royal position as King. Hatshepsut’s relationship with the Amun priesthood began as she was first supported by a group of officials, whom had served her father (Thutmose 1st) or were appointed by her husband (Thutmose 2nd), she gradually built up a political support system of officials who’s political careers were linked to hers, including her most influential supporter; Hapusoneb who held the title of Hapusoneb. According to Breasted: “ The formation of a priesthood of the whole land into a coherent organisation with…show more content…
Senenmut came from a commoner family in the town of Arment. A tomb inscription implies that he spent time in the army and at some point and that in his youth he entered the service of the temple of Amun at Karnak and held a succession of titles. It is unknown how Senenmut rose to such a high status in the Amun priesthood at the same time Hatshepsut rose to status of Pharaoh but his immediate relationship with Hatshepsut is known through the trust and loyalty she had with him as he rose to her most favoured official, so much that she titled Senenmut to the duty of tutor of her child Neferure. His close relationship towards Hatshepsut is recognised through Hatshepsut’s attributes towards him which include; erect over 24 statues of himself, have his name and portrait engraved in her mortuary temples, excavated a tomb for him and prepared a quartzite sarcophagus for him. Senenmut’s high status is known through the 80 titles he held, 20 of which were official titles such as; Chief steward of Amun, Chief steward of the king, controller or overseer of the works and overseer of the store house of Amun. His meteoric rise to prominence as Hatshepsut’s most favoured official, he also gave himself the name of; “the greatest of the great”. Evidence supporting the status of Senenmut can be found in the inscriptions: The walls and funerary stelae of his tombs, The rocks at aswan, fragments of his smashed quartzite sarcophagus and stamped pottery funerary cones and name stones from his tomb. Some scholars have suggested through the intimate relationship between Hatshepsut and Senenmut that perhaps Senenmut was more than a close adviser to Hatshepsut. Although Dorman says “Such a suggestion is patently absurd”. Through this we can conclude
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