Smenkhkare: Phantom-Queen/King of Akhet-Aton and the quest for the hitherto unknown chambers in the tomb of Tutankhamun (KV 62)

Michael Habicht

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Abstract


The book presents the various theories on the phantom-like Amarna-ruler Smenkhkare. His or her identity and sex and rule are unclear. It starts with the name Smenkhkare Djeser Kheperu Ankh-Khepru-Ra which are in fact not one birth and one throne name- but two throne names. This point to the possibility, that Smenkhkare is a constructed identity and someone else is behind it: He or she may be the Hittite Prince Zananza, or Queen Nefertiti as successor of Akhenaton, or a younger and never mentioned son of Amenhotep III or another, unknown member of the royal family in Amarna. The mummy in KV 55 is a vital element of the great Enigma of Egyptology.

The 5th edition in English includes the updates on the theory of Nicholas Reeves from summer 2019.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherepubli GmbH
Number of pages116
Edition5
ISBN (Print)9783750208513
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Smenkhkare
  • Egyptology
  • New Kingdom
  • Amarna
  • Mummy studies
  • Anthropology
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Nefertiti
  • Akhenaton
  • genetics

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