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.
King Tut's Curse
Tutankhamun Egyptological pronunciation Tutankhamen was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh The deaths of a few involved in the discovery of Tutankhamun's mummy have been popularly attributed to the curse of the pharaohs. At birth he was named Tutankhaten, a name reflecting the Atenist beliefs of his father.
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 originally named Tutankhaten.
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Tutankhamun , also spelled Tutankhamen and Tutankhamon , original name Tutankhaten , byname King Tut , flourished 14th century bce , king of ancient Egypt reigned —23 bce , known chiefly for his intact tomb, KV 62 tomb 62 , discovered in the Valley of the Kings in His tomb is more significant than his short reign. Tutankhamun helped restore traditional Egyptian religion and art, both of which had been set aside by his predecessor, Akhenaten. He issued a decree restoring the temples, images, personnel, and privileges of the old gods. He began the protracted process of restoring the sacred shrines of Amon , which had been severely damaged.
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? Perhaps gored by a hippo?
His father was the heretical king Akhenaten , believed to be the mummy found in the tomb KV He took the throne at eight or nine years of age under the unprecedented viziership of his eventual succesor, Ay , to whom he may have been related. Tutankhamun married his own half sister Ankhesenamun. During their marriage they lost two daughters, one at months of pregnancy and the other shortly after birth at full-term . There are Egyptologists that believe the translation may be more like; "The-life-of-Aten-is-pleasing" or "One-perfect-of-life-is-Aten".