Ancient Egypt - Royal Steward, Senenmut


Hatshepsut's closest adviser was her Royal Steward, Senenmut. Born as a commoner, his sudden rise in power would be controversial. He would hold numerous titles, including: Chief Architect and Overseer of Works, Chief Steward of Amun, Overseer of the Granaries of Amun, of the Fields of Amun, of the Cattle of Amun, of the Gardens of Amun, of the Weavers of Amun, and others. His most important position was that he was the tutor of Hatshepsut's daughter, Neferure. It's sad to know that she would die from unknown causes as a teenager. Her death would, without question, devastate her mother.



Senenmut was unrivaled in power and only the Chief Priest of Amun could match him. It was rumored that he owed his privileged position to intimate relations with the Queen. Evidence for an intimate relationship is considered when one looks at his sarcophagus. In his first tomb, there was a pink Aswan granite sarcophagus that was smashed to pieces. No piece was left bigger than a fist. However, after archaeologists reconstructed this, they discovered it was Hatshepsut's royal sarcophagus. She had given him her own royal sarcophagus to be buried in. What is in no doubt, is that they were very close.