To achieve her goal for
a successful rule in a male dominated society, Hatshepsut took various measures
to legitimize her rule as pharaoh. To be accepted and to govern successfully,
Hatshepsut needed to surround herself with powerful military, civil, and religious
officials who would support her cause. One of these officials was the high
priest of Amun, Hapusoneb, who with the priesthood of Amun-Re strongly
supported Hatshepsut as the pharaoh of Egypt. With their support assured,
Hatshepsut was able to justify her position as pharaoh.