So GirlMoguls, now that you’re making your way through Sphinx’s Princess, you’re probably wondering just who was Nefertiti? We know she was a real person, since there are statues, pictures and hieroglyphics that refer to her. We know she was the wife of a Pharaoh, but beyond that not much is known. Why? Because at some point, someone went through the historical record and tried to erase all evidence that she even existed. Of course the Nefertiti we know wouldn’t let that happen to her easily…so here’s what Egyptologists (scientists and researchers who specialize in the study of Ancient Egypt) think they know about our Princess…
Nefertiti lived around 1370 BC- 1330 BC) was the Great Royal Wide of Pharaoh Akhenaten (also known as Amenhotep IV…but never Thutmose). She and Akhenaten were famous for changing the Egypt’s religion from a polytheistic (where they worshiped many gods) to a more monotheistic one, where they focused on one god, Aten, the sun god (we see hints of this in Nefertiti’s conversations with Nava (or Berett).
Scholars aren’t totally sure about who her parents were, but they are pretty sure her father was Ay (who later became Pharaoh through some nefarious scheming – which totally doesn’t sound like the way her dad is in the book) and that her sister was Mutnedjmet who also married someone important (which ensured that her name was written down somewhere and thus preserved forever in memory).
Nefertiti and her husband had 6 daughters (wow!), one of whom became the Queen of the Famous Boy King, Pharaoh Tut! About four years into their marriage, Nefertiti and her husband started great changes in Egypt – I mean for a 1000 years, the Egyptians are going happily along their business, worshipping all their different gods, and then poof – their king and queen say nope – wrongo – there is only this one god Aten. They also started to build a new capitol city in Amarna – moving the palace away from Thebes…
These two shook up the whole country and well they could do that because they were absolute rulers – no one could really argue with them. And it’s clear that Nefertiti played a big role in this and was a pretty powerful lady. In fact she’s shown in a temple relief (stone sculpture carved into a wall – like a 3-D mural) smiting a foreign enemy with a mace (a big club). Usually only the male Pharaoh got a picture like that, but nope, our lady Nefertiti is one warrior babe!
And then…Nefertiti just vanishes from the historical record and there is no word of her after that date…Yikes! What happened – check in tomorrow for the answer.
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