Nefertiti

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Neferneferuaten Nefertiti (ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC) was an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife (chief consort) of Akhenaton, an Egyptian Pharaoh. Nefertiti and her husband were known for a religious revolution, in which they worshiped one god only, Aten, or the sun disc. Akhenaton and Nefertiti were responsible for the creation of a whole new religion which changed the ways of religion within Egypt. With her husband, she reigned at what was arguably the wealthiest period of Ancient Egyptian history. Nefertiti first appears in scenes in Thebes. In the damaged tomb (TT188) of the royal butler Parennefer, the new king Amenhotep IV is accompanied by a royal woman, and this lady is thought to be an early depiction of Nefertiti. The king and queen are shown worshiping the Aten.[1]

The exact dates when Nefertiti married Akhenaten and became the king's great royal wife of Egypt are uncertain. Their six known daughters (and estimated years of birth) were:

  • Meritaten: No later than year 1, possibly later became Pharaoh Neferneferuaten.
  • Meketaten: Year 4.
  • Ankhesenpaaten, also known as Ankhesenamen, later queen of Tutankhamun
  • Neferneferuaten Tasherit: Year 8, possibly later became Pharaoh Neferneferuaten.
  • Neferneferure: Year 9.
  • Setepenre: Year 11.


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