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Ancient Egyptian Tutankhamun Meaning

Who was King Tutankhamun


Despite the richness of his burial, Tutankhamun remains a bit of an enigmatic, although it has been the subject of much research. Presumably he was born in Akhetaten (now el-Amarna), during the second half of the reign of Akhenaten, the heretic king who tried to establish a radical departure from traditional Egyptian religion.

 We believe he died in his late teens, judging by various analyzes of his mother. Although his royal line has sometimes been questioned, an inscription discovered at El-Ahsmunein across the river el-Amarna Tutankhuaten confirms that (as he was known then) was indeed the son of a king. It is not surprising, the official policy during the reign of the child seems to have been to emphasize its association with Amenhotep III, who is presumed to be her grandfather.  

Tutankhamun Meaning


Tutankhamun Meaning


Given the absence of a long co-regency between Amenhotep III and Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten later), it must be likely that Tutankhamun was the son of the latter. Although it seems that Akhenaten must have been the father of Tutankhamun, the evidence is much less of his mother. However, some degree of informed speculation is possible.  

 For example, we can probably eliminate Nefertiti, because it seems to have provided her husband, Akhenaten, no son. Of course, it was not his wife alone. Among the king's secondary wives and concubines, one in particular stands out. She is Lady Kiya, identified by some with the Tadukhepa Mitannian princess, daughter of Tushratta, sent to Egypt to cement the treaty relations between the two countries at the beginning of the reign.   

Kiya is particularly important in the case sculptural el-Amarna and his peculiar position in favor of the king is reflected in its title single, "Beloved Woman." In a number of reliefs Amarna, Kiya is shown with a daughter. Many people think it could have also borne a son. chronological considerations in no way exclude the possibility. 

There are indications that Kiya was a favorite of the court before the Amarna nine and ten years of Akhenaten's reign, but after eleven years at the time of the birth of Tutankhamun, it disappears from the record and its monuments in el-Amarna were affected by Nefertiti, the daughter of Meritaten.One possible explanation is that Kiya died in childbirth, as a scene of mourning fragmentary in the tomb of Akhenaten may suggest.  

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

However, it is also possible that Kiya fell from grace, the victim of court intrigues designed by Nefertiti jealous. Indeed, there may be no coincidence that the meteoric rise of the state of Nefertiti seems to have begun in earnest after the disappearance of Kiya. Regardless of the identity of his mother, Tutankhamun ascended the throne in about 1333 BC, and a young child still burdened with the name, Tutankhaten.  

He married Ankhesenpaaten, the girl a little older third of Akhenaten and Nefertiti, a match can be done to unite the royal factions. It would rule Egypt for only nine years, but there can be little doubt that for most of that time, the reigns of government was firmly in the hands of others, such as Ay, and his successor may be a relative of the king, and General Horemheb, Ay who succeeded to the throne.

 Concrete facts related to the reign of Tutankhamun are few, but it is clear that the main event of his reign related to the restoration of traditional Egyptian religion, and the relocation of the capital at Memphis and the restoration of the religious center countries in Thebes. When the royal couple abandoned the "Aten" the forms of their name during the second year of King, he said the official reappearance of Amon, away from the worship of Aton, and the traditional pantheon .

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning


Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning

Tutankhamun Meaning


 Promulgated by a decree in Memphis and recorded in the retrospective of the "Stele of restoration", this event marks a reign as pivotal to the further development of Egyptian history. So while it is often said that a king Tutankhamun was relatively insignificant (we too have been guilty of this), despite the wealth of his tomb, his reign was not. The changes that were made were his, Ay or Horemheb, his was a very important moment in the history of Egypt.


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