Tutankhamun: The Living Image Of Aten

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Born into an era of great social and political upheaval, Tutankhamun (meaning “the living image of Aten”) was born in 1341 B.C.E, as the Pharaoh at the time (Akhenaten) was changing religious and social beliefs. Akhenaten was converting the Egyptian public from a polytheistic religious belief, to a monotheistic belief, only worshiping one God, Aten the Sun Disk. Through these converted beliefs, the Egyptian public was in chaos. Following a seventeen reign through a more autocratic and corrupt regime, Akhenaten was most likely forced to abdicate from his throne. He died soon after, leaving the throne of Egypt to his eldest son, Tutankhamun. Tutankhamun was only nine years old when he inherited the throne. Tutankhamun was mainly mentored by…show more content…
Tutankhamun sought to regain these relations and policies. There is some evidence to support that Tutankhamun 's diplomacy was successful, any battles took place during his reign. These battles took place with the Nubian’s and the Asiatics over the control of trade routes, as well as the battle for territory. As seen in the image depicting the Nubian Army: Tutankhamun sought to restore Egypt to its former glory, before the reign of Akhenaten, this meant changing to a polytheistic belief. During this Tutankhamun moved the royal court back to Thebes and ordered the reconstruction and development of holy grounds. These included the temple of Karnak. This is a recreation of the temple of Karnak: Remains Left from the temple of Karnak: While his life may have been cut short by various diseases and genetic disorders, Tutankhamun reigned supreme over Egypt for 9 long years. He died in 1323 B.C.E at the age of 19. King Tut and his wife (Ankhesenamun) didn’t have any children, which brought turmoil to the Egyptian Courts. It’s believed that Ankhesenamun contacted the King of the Hittites, asking for a husband, however research suggests that the candidate was assassinated before he got to the Royal Palace. This attempt to forge an alliance with the Hittites, may have been prevented by Ay or Horemheb, who were still in control of Egypt not long after King Tut’s death. Evidence has…show more content…
There was not enough time to prepare his tomb, which meant that he was given a tomb for a lesser noble. His body was preserved using the traditional process of mummification. Seventy days after his death, Tutankhamun 's body was laid to rest and the tomb was sealed. There were no known records of Tutankhamun after his death, which is the reason why he became virtually unknown until the 1920’s. This is are images of Tutankhamun 's tomb: Tutankhamun 's tomb was discovered in 1922 by British Archeologist Howard Carter. After World War 1, Howard Carter endeavoured to find the lost king’s tomb. While on an expedition with fellow archaeologists George Herbert and the Earl of Carnarvon, the trio entered the interior chambers on the tomb. To their amazement, they found the tomb miraculously intact. There were various chambers inside the tomb which contained various murals and paintings that told the story of Tutankhamun 's life, funeral and journey to the afterlife. Many of the items inside the chamber were miraculously intact after thousands of years. There were also various artifacts to help him through his journey into the afterlife, which included toys from his childhood, jewlery, oils and perfumes to name
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