Biography of: Ankhesenamun,Ankhesenamen,Ankhesenamon,Ankhesenpaaten
Princess of Amarna Queen of Destiny
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have arrived in ancient Egypt. The drifting sands of chronological time say
it is the Eighteenth Dynasty, and it is late in the long reign of the powerful
pharaoh Amenhotep III (Amun is Pleased). Co-ruling with pharaoh is his "Great
Kings Wife", Queen Tiy. Although a commoner by birth, she has become perhaps
the most astute and powerful queen in Egyptian history. The great pyramids
are already one thousand years old, ancient even in this remote branch of
time. The state of Egypt is the predominant world power now, and her cosmopolitan
empire stretches from the fifth cataract of the Nile in present day Sudan,
to the Euphrates river in Syria. Vassal states great and small pour untold
wealth into the coffers of this dominion, and she is rich beyond measure.
A foreign king begs Egypt for gold to appoint his palace, for as he says
in his diplomatic letter to pharaoh: "...gold in Egypt is as plentiful as
Numerous, immense, and lavish building projects have been the standard throughout the Two Lands for the last decade. Art is at its aesthetic zenith as evidenced by the beautiful reliefs in the tombs of the powerful Theban and Memphite nobility. The written language is rapidly changing from Middle Egyptian to Late Egyptian, and literature is reaching new heights in hynms and love songs. The annual harvests have been so abundant that Egypt now exports grain crops in return for the technology and precious commodities of other nations. But there is also an incremental element of culture shock in this ancient land, as foreigners now live here in numbers beyond count. Most are slaves or servants assigned to the royal palace and holy temples; the descendants of prisoners of war captured in battle by Amenhotep's forbears. However, a great many also come here of their own free will; merchants and freebooters intent on improving their personal fortunes in the huge economic powerhouse that is Egypt. Most are assigned living space in dedicated foreign quarters in the great cities of Kemet. They bring with them their foreign language, some of which is now beginning to establish itself as slang in the native Egyptian vernacular. They also reverently bring their various gods and are allowed to build temples to them in the appropriate areas. Ba'al, Astarte, and Ishtar are now worshipped openly here and, amazingly, even given their due by the Egyptian populace. Yes, we have arrived in ancient Egypt during its golden age. This is the ancient Egypt we all envision in our flights of fancy... wealthy, opulent, and decadent.
Greetings and welcome. When pharaoh Amenhotep III died in 1349 B.C.E., his lone surviving son ascended the throne. His birth name was Amenhotep IV, and since the nineteenth century the modern world knows him by his chosen name of Akhenaten (Servant of the Aten). Akhenaten was a revolutionary, reformer, visionary, and perhaps madman. He is accredited with founding the first monotheistic (single god) religion, which worshipped the solar deity Aten (The Sun Disc). He has been called by the noted Egyptologist James Henry Breasted "the first individual in history". Dramatic changes in religious theology and art were the hallmark of his reign and this era, which is called the "Amarna Period". To this day, Akhenaten remains an enigma. His wife was the renowned Queen Nefertiti (A Beautiful Woman Has Come) whose timeless beauty has been captured forever in the exquisite bust sculped by the master Djhutmose, and on display since 1924 at the Berlin Museum. Pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti had six offspring, and they were all girls. The third daughter was named Ankhesenpaaten (Living Through the God Aten). With two sister princesses older than her, it was assumed she would quietly live out her life, and then quickly fade into historical oblivion. However fate and the ancient gods intervened. This is the biographical story of how events transpired to make Ankhesenpaaten...
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