By Aidan Dodson

This new research, drawing at the most recent examine, tells the tale of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenaten’s spiritual revolution within the fourteenth century BC. starting on the regime’s high-point in his 12 months 12, it strains the next cave in that observed the deaths of a number of the king’s family, his makes an attempt to assure the revolution via co-rulers, and the final frenzied attack at the god Amun. The publication then outlines the occasions of the following 5 many years that observed the extinction of the royal line, an try and 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 was once 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 earlier than her personal mysterious disappearance.

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27 Fig. 28. Central strip of the lid of a broken box bearing the names of Akhenaten, Neferneferuaten, and Meryetaten. From the filling of the entrance stair of KV62 (Cairo JE61500a). 34 CHAPTER TWO Given the commonality of the core “Ankhkheperure” element to both the prenomina found with “Neferneferuaten” and “Smenkhkare,” it soon came to be accepted that the two names both referred to the same person. Further, it was assumed that the change between the simple and elaborate prenomina had accompanied the apparent change of nomen.

5). That name rapidly gains a pair of enclosing cartouches (fig. 6)23 before the depiction of the god switches to the abstract form of a sun disk with descending rays (fig. 24 This switch in the iconography of the god was rapidly followed by a dramatic change in the way the king—and by extension the rest of humanity— 6 INTRODUCTION Fig. 7. A Karnak relief showing Amenhotep IV (with his nomen surcharged as Akhenaten) in a proto-Amarna style, worshiping one of the earliest known abstract depictions of the Aten (Louvre E13482ter).

That this was particularly true for Setepenre is suggested by the fact that while Neferneferure is seen in a reward scene on the south wall of TA2, Setepenre is not. One might therefore suggest that Neferneferure was born around Year 9/10,7 and Setepenre in Year 10/11 (fig. 9 Given the level of premodern infant mortality, it is likely that some could have died without featuring on the monuments. It is also not unlikely that boys were born as well as girls, but any who might have survived infancy would also generally have missed monumental commemoration by the decorum that had apparently excluded princes from royal family tableaux for generations.

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