Queen of Egypt


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Queen of Egypt

  1. 1. Nefertiti
  2. 2.  There is no known information on Neferatiti’s bloodline. Some speculate that Aye could have been her father. But she is also thought to be the daughter of an army officer. Her only known blood relative is a sister, Mutnodjmet.
  3. 3.  Nefertiti was the queen of Akhenaten during Egypt’s Amarna period. Nefertiti ruled like no other queen of Egypt, ancient artwork suggest that she had almost the same influence as Akhenaten. She is even depicted wearing a Pharaohs crown and killing her enemies. No other woman has ever been depicted doing so.
  4. 4.  Nefertiti and Akhenaten first made a name for themselves by denouncing the popular God, Amun, in favor of Aten, the Sun God. They created Aketaten, a city for Aten in the Amarna region of Egypt. Archaeologists have found that Aketaten was the first planned suburb in history.
  5. 5.  Akhenaten and Nefertiti changed religious rituals by allowing ordinary citizens to participate. They also changed the role of royalty, proclaiming the couple to be more god like than human. They believed that upon their death, they would not be sent to the under world but instead, they would rise up and become one with Aten.
  6. 6.  Nefertiti and Akhenaten wanted to promote Aten as the one and only true God. They canceled the multi God celebrating festival of Opet. After 10 years in power, Nefertiti and Akhenaten ordered the destruction of all shrines of the many Egyptian Gods. They tried to wipe out 2,000 years of Egyptian history and religion. This enraged the citizens of Thebes.
  7. 7.  Queen Nefertiti and her husband ruled Egypt for 17 years. There is no record of how they died. Their royal tomb was found empty. Controversy continues to swirl around Nefertiti.
  8. 8.  The bust of Nefertiti has become the icon for feminine beauty. Nefertiti’s bust is considered by many to be one of the greatest works of art of the pre-modern world. Slight blemishes like a missing eye crystal and broken left ear are minor considering how old the bust is. The bust is currently housed in Berlin, Germany and has long been a point of contention between Germany and Egypt.
  9. 9.  EncycloMedia.com. (2007). EncycloMedia.com. Retrieved from http://www.encyclomedia.com/queen_nefertiti.html Dunn, J. (2010). touregypt.net. Tour Egypt. Retrieved from http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/nefertiti.htm KingTutOne.com. (2005). KingTutOne.com. Retrieved from http://www.kingtutone.com/queens/nefertiti/ Tyldesley, J. A. (1999). Nefertiti: Egypts Sun Queen (2nd ed.). London, England, England: Penguin Books, LTD. National Geographic. (2010). You Tube. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=- 1GULSVk5dc&feature=fvw