Egypt During the Reign of Akhenaton

Ankhesenpaaton-Ankhesenamon
(She Lives by the Aton)

Third daughter of Akhenaton and Nefertiti - born in year 5 of her father's reign.

May have married her father in year 15 of his reign.

Could have been the mother of Ankhesenpaaton-Tashery.

She changed her name to Ankhesenamon when the revival of the Amunite cult took place.

She may have been married to Smenkhkara.

She was married to Tutankhamon in the first year of his reign, survived her husband and was in all probability married to AY (her uncle?)

In Tutankhamon's tomb the following inscription was found:

I am thy wife, O great one--do not leave me!
Is it thy good pleasure, O my brother,
that I should go far from thee?
How can it be that I go away alone?
I say: "I accompany thee, O thou who didst like to converse with me,"
But thou remainest silent and speakest not!

She appealed to the Hittites for a husband so that the throne would be kept out of the hands of Ay - for whom she openly shows his distate in the letters - calling him a 'servant'.

In the "Deeds of Suppiluuima" - as told by his son Mursil II she wrote to him requresting a son to marry her so that she could retain the throne:

 

"Therefore the Queen of Egypt...sent a messenger to my father and wrote to him thus:

My husband has died. A son I have not. But to thee, they say, the sons are many. If thou wouldst give me one son of thine, he would become my husband. Never shall I pick out a servant of mine and make him my husband. I am afraid!

When my father heard this, he called forth the Great Ones for council, saying ' Such a thing has never happened to me in my whole life!' "

There was a second message:

"Why do you say - they are deceiving me ? - If I had a son would I write to a foreigner to publish my distress and that of my country? You have insulted me in speaking thus. He who was my husband is dead and I have no son. I will never take one of my subjects and marry him. I have written to no one but you. Everyone says you have many sons; give me one of them that ne may become my husband."

The prince never arrived in Egypt. Her name appears with that of Ay - who is termed 'The Divine father' - upon a scarab. We do not know her fate as this is the last mention of her in history.

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