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Tutankhamun

Post  AnaMartinez on Sun May 27, 2012 8:28 pm

Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty. He ruled from about 1332 BC to 1323 BC, and this period of history is also known as the New Kingdom. He was very popularly known as King Tut, but his original name was Tutankhaten. Tutankhaten means "Living Image of Aten" and on the other hand, Tutankhamun means "Living Image of Amun".

Aten is the disk of the sun in ancient Egyptian mythology, and Amun was a god in Egyptian and Berber mythology. Like many other famous people throughout history, like Genghis Khan, Tutankhaten changed his name to Tutankhamun. Many famous people in history change their birth names because they might find it weak and they may want a stronger meaning from their name. Tutankhaten took reign at the age of nine or ten, also changing his name to Tutankhamun.

When he became king, he married his half-sister, Ankhesenepatan, who like hime, also changed her name to Ankhesenamun. They had two daughters, but they both unfortunately died during pregnancy. While Tutankhamun lived a healthy life, there are still no surviving records of Tutankhamun's final days. No one knows what exactly was Tutankhamun's cause of death, although there is some evidence that he had a broken and infected leg, and that there was malaria in his system. These two things may have led up to his death.

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tutankhamun
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