Who Was King Tut? by Roberta EdwardsEver since Howard Carter uncovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, the young pharaoh has become a symbol of the wealth and mystery of ancient Egypt. Now, a two-and-a-half-year-long museum exhibit of Tut’s treasures is touring major cities in the U.S., drawing record crowds.
This Who Was . . . ? is complete with 100 black-and white illustrations and explains the life and times of this ancient Egyptian ruler, covering the story of the tomb’s discovery, as well as myths and so-called mummy curses.
Ten interesting facts about tutankhamun
Ten Facts about Tutankhamun
Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for approximately 10 years from around BCE. The king's mummified body was found surrounded by precious grave goods, in his golden coffin, after his burial chamber was officially opened on 17 February in the presence of Egyptologists and government officials. Others have suggested that Tutankhamun may have been murdered. But how much do you really know about the boy king? Here, historian Joyce Tyldesley brings you eight lesser-known facts about Tutankhamun….
Tutankhamun was only eight or nine when he became ruler of Egypt. As King at such a young age, most of the decision-making was made by two senior figures, likely to have been Grand Vizier Ay and possibly father of Nefertiti and Horemheb, an army commander. Tutankhamun was only King for about ten years before dying in his late teens. It was estimated that he ruled over 3, years ago from about BC to BC. The high level of preservation of the tomb and its contents has given historians a great insight into Tutankhamun's life. Tutankhamun's remains are still contained in this tomb, although many of the items that were stored in there with him have been removed and are on display at the Egyptian Museum in Egypt's capital city, Cairo.
King Tut was nicknamed the Boy King because he began his reign when he was only nine years old! Tutankhamun died when he was only 18 , and his body was mummified, which is how the ancient Egyptians preserved their dead.
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On the anniversary of the discovery of King Tut's tomb on Nov 22, the best-known pharaoh of ancient Egypt remains a puzzle filled with several weird, unexplained details. King Tutankhamun's penis was mummified erect -- that's one of the several weird, unexplained details about the best-known pharaoh of ancient Egypt. The boy pharaoh has been puzzling scientists ever since his mummy and treasure-packed tomb were discovered exactly 91 years ago on Nov. Only a few facts about his life are known. Amun, "the living image of Amun," ascended the throne in B. He was a pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, probably the greatest of the Egyptian royal families. That first examination provided intriguing details.
The artifacts from his tomb have been included in exhibits around the world, and he continues to impact all aspects of popular culture. Below are 42 facts about the ancient king. King Tut was not given the name Tutankhamun at birth. After a few years on the throne, when he was still barely a teenager, he decided to stop worshiping Aten and start worshiping Amun, who was the King of the Gods. So while the world knows him by his nomen Tutankhamun, the Egyptians knew him by his prenomen, Nebkheperure. Tut was literally a child when he became Pharaoh.
All rights reserved. When he ascended the throne at the age of nine, the country was still in chaos from the decision made by his late father, Akhenaten, to switch Egypt from its polytheistic religion to a monotheistic one. Howard Carter discovered King Tut's tomb in Was he a victim of malaria? Or gangrene from a broken leg? Run over by a chariot?