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.
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||116|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Sep 2019|
- New Kingdom
- Mummy studies
- Valley of the Kings