Arsinoë Before Cleopatra?

Interesting read.

Cleopatra may not have been ancient Egypt’s only female pharaoh — Queen Arsinoë II, a woman who competed in and won Olympic events, came first, some 200 years earlier, according to a new study into a unique Egyptian crown.

After analyzing details and symbols of the crown worn by Arsinoë and reinterpreting Egyptian reliefs, Swedish researchers are questioning Egypt’s traditional male-dominated royal line. They suggest that Queen Arsinoë II (316-270 B.C.) was the first female pharaoh belonging to Ptolemy’s family — the dynasty that ruled Egypt for some 300 years until the Roman conquest of 30 B.C.

via Did female Egyptian pharaoh rule before Cleopatra? – Technology & science – Science – DiscoveryNews.com – msnbc.com.

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