Smenkhkare: The enigmatic predecessor of Tutankhamun

Michael Habicht

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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 PublicationNorderstedt
PublisherAlle Rechte vorbehalten
Number of pages122
ISBN (Print)9783753420257
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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


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