Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tutankhamun – King of Egypt

Tutankhamun was a Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty (New Kingdom) in ancient Egypt. The 18th dynasty (circa 1550-1295BC) of the New Kingdom (circa 1550-1070BC) was one of the most powerful royal houses of ancient Egypt. The late 18th dynasty, which included the reign of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun was an extraordinary and mysterious time.

An innocent puppet-ruler, he had been caught in the midst of a dangerous and profound political, spiritual, and artistic revolution against the entire pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods by the first monotheistic religious cult in history.

Popularly referred to as “King Tut”, he ascended the throne (ruled c. 1332–1323 BC) at a very young age at about nine years old and ruled for almost nine or ten years.

He was married to the third daughter of Akhenaton her name was Ankh-es-en-pa-itn which means (she who lives for the Aten) and she changed her name like her husband to ankh-es-en-imn after the revolution happened. They married at an early age, perhaps for reasons of state (to acquire the right to ascend the throne) or because they loved each.

Tutankhamun was one of the few kings worshiped as a deity through mortuary cults and temples during his lifetime. He is known for his rejection of the radical religious innovations introduced by his predecessor and father, Akhenaten. In his third year on the throne, he ended the worship of the god Aten and restored the god Amun to supremacy, also changing his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun.

Tutankhamun’s reign was brief as he died in the ninth year of his reign; he left no heirs and was buried in a tomb that was designed for a private person.
Tutankhamun – King of Egypt
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