heavy death mask of king tutankhamun, day 48 egyptian museum
Tutankhamun was the son of Akhenaten.
Akhenaten was the famous Heretic Pharaoh who tried to force the Egyptians to monotheistically worship the Aten. It was the first recorded attempt to monotheism in the world.
It was a big deal in Egypt. Egyptian religion had never been changed since the time of Namer and now Akhenaten wanted to turn it upside down. Certinaly it upset the preiests who were incredibly rich. And it upset the Army because Akhenaten was kind of a Pacifist. And he also moved the capital to Amarna.
As you can see, Akhenaten wasn't very liked by the Egyptians in power, especially the priests and the army. He was probably surrounded by enemies.
When King Tut was eight, his farther died. He was just a boy. In order to keep the throne, he married his half-sister Ankhesenamun. (In Egyptian culture, only the man who married the pure blood daughter of the Egyptian royal could become the Pharaoh.)
So here you go, a boy of eight years old married to a girl of thirteen years old who was also his half sister. The two kids must be very scared (since their father was not very liked by the priests and the generals).
They moved the capital back the Thebes. King Tut, by his own will or perhaps the will instilled by his guardians, tried to move back to the old Egyptian way.
At the age of 18th (or 17th), he died. Some said he died in an accident. Some said he was murdered by Ay, the chief priest. I think murdered by Priest Ay is a more senstational story.
Priest Ay became the next Pharaoh. He and his successor erased King Tut from all official records. He also married Ankhesenamun (in order to rule Egypt, you ought to marry the pure blood daughter of a Pharaoh). So now we have a 70 years old marrying a 23 years old. Ankhesenamun wasn't very happy about the marriage. Before the wedding, she wrote a letter to the Hittie King (the Hittie was Egypt's enemy), asking him to send a prince to marry her. The prince was assassined at the border. Eventaully she married the dirty old man and disappeared completely from the historical record.
King Tut was a relatively minor king. He was so famous nowadays only because his tomb was discovered in the modern age (around 1920's)
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