[2014] Tiffaney Smith: King Tutankhamun

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[2014] Tiffaney Smith: King Tutankhamun

King Tutankhamun

King Tutankhamun (better known as: King Tut) is most likely one of the best known pharaohs in all of Ancient Egyptian history. He was born in 1341 B.C. and died in 1323 B.C. He was the boy king who reigned in the 18th dynasty for about 8 or 9 years. His short reign didn't leave much of an impact on Ancient Egyptian history, it was the discovery of his perfectly untouched tomb in 1922 that led to his high popularity rate. This discovery started the unraveling of all of King Tut's mysteries to his reign, tomb and death.

Background Information

When King Tut took power he married Ankhesenamun, his half sister and the daughter of Ikhanaton and Nefertiti. Due to his young age at the beginning of his reign, most of the decisions were most likely made by his Vizier, Ay. Ay was assisted by Horemheb, who was the head military commander. Both Ay and Horemheb attempted to reverse Akhenaten's decree back to having traditional polytheistic beliefs. Because of this King Tut changed his name from Tutankhaten to Tutankhamun to support this change. Over all, King Tut was just attempting to restore the old traditional ways of life so tha the goods would look positive towards the Egyptian society.

King Tut's Reign

King Tut and his wife had no children, therefore when he died at the age of 19, he didn't have a son to take the thrown. According to historians, King Tut's wife had contacted the King of Hittites asking for one of his sons as her husband so he can take the thrown. As the canidate was being sent over he got killed. Most say that he was assassinated by Ay and Horemheb because they were secretly in power behind King Tut. Legend shows that Ankhesenamun had married into power right before she diappeared from history.

After his Death

Ankhesenamun

<-- King Tut's tomb

Ay

<--Some of the riches found in King tut's tomb

King Tutankhamun (King Tut) ---->

This video has lot of background information on the 18th dynasty and how the discovery of King Tutankhamun came to be and why it was so important.

Citations-Bio.com. A'E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2014.


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