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By Aidan Dodson

This new learn, drawing at the most modern study, tells the tale of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenaten’s non secular revolution within the fourteenth century BC. starting on the regime’s high-point in his 12 months 12, it lines the next cave in that observed the deaths of some of the king’s household, his makes an attempt to assure the revolution via co-rulers, and the final frenzied attack at the god Amun. The booklet then outlines the occasions of the next 5 a long time that observed the extinction of the royal line, an try to position a foreigner on Egypt’s throne, and the accession of 3 military officials in flip. between its conclusions are that the mum of Tutankhamun used to be none except Nefertiti, and that the queen was once joint-pharaoh in flip with either her husband Akhenaten and her son. As such, she was once herself instrumental in starting the go back to orthodoxy, undoing her erstwhile husband’s life-work sooner than her personal mysterious disappearance.

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11. The growth of the royal family as recorded in the tomb of Meryre ii: on the left, in the reward scene on the south wall, from top right: Ankhesenpaaten, Neferneferuaten-tasherit, Neferneferure, Meryetaten, and Meketaten; on the right, in the durbar scene on the east wall: [Meryetaten], Meketaten, Ankhesenpaaten, Neferneferuaten-tasherit, Neferneferure, and Setepenre. 14 CHAPTER ONE Fig. 12. A pair of blocks at Ashmunein bearing the names of Prince Tutankhuaten on the right, and a princess (whose name is damaged) on the left.

The fourth comprised three rooms, two of which were decorated for burial, the innermost of which, γ, was employed for Meketaten. 32 The end wall bears a scene of the dead princess shown as though alive, standing in a flower-draped bower; in front of her stand her mother, father, and sisters Meryetaten, Ankhesenpaaten, and Neferneferuaten-tasherit in poses of mourning (fig. 15). Behind them, and continuing on to the right-hand wall, women are shown in various poses of grief, with male mourners behind.

A child named Meryetaten-tasherit, known from Amarna blocks found at Ashmunein,55 has often been identified as Meryetaten’s on the basis of her name. This individual appears on these blocks56 both explicitly and implicitly, in cases where only the “-tasherit” element remains along with a further girl, Ankhesenpaaten-tasherit. It is clear that at least one of these girls was a granddaughter of (presumably) Nefertiti, as a block from Karnak preserves what was clearly once part of an inscription reading “[.

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