Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964623 | Print ISBN: 9781412936361 | Online ISBN: 9781412964623| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Edona M. Alexandria
Nebkheperara Tutankhamen (1342–1323 BC) was a short-lived and relatively insignificant ruler during a troubled time in the history of Kernet. He became king during the fabled 18th dynasty, but was responsible for nothing remarkable. Few people had ever mentioned his life or his rule prior to the 1922 discovery of his tomb by the Englishman Howard Carter, who had been commissioned by Lord Carnavon. Buried with Tutankhamen were treasures that had been undisturbed by grave robbers, a rarity in the Valley of the Kings, and thus the discovery assured the king of historical fame. Tutankhamen was named at birth Tutankhaten after the deity his father Akhenaten had chosen as the state deity of Kernet. He later took the name Tutankhamen, “the living image of Amen,” to reflect his return to the great deity Amen. Tutankhamen became king at the age of 9 years old. Surrounded by a royal house that ...