Queen Nefertiti was born in 1390B.C.E. in Thebes, Egypt. She got married to Akhenaton at the age of fifteen while Akhenaton was only sixteen years old. Upon the death of Akhenaton’s father, Akhenaton became the king of Egypt and Nefertiti became the queen. She gave birth to six daughters but never had a son who could succeed Akhenaton. She played greater contributions in the Egyptian history.
During her first five years of her marriage, she played an important political role by accompanying the king to ceremonial acts. She also contributed towards the worship of the sun-god in Egypt. It is believed that there was a conflict in the royal family what made Nefertiti to be dismissed from her position as the queen. She is therefore believed to have vanished to North Palace at Amarna. She influenced many changes in the rules of Egypt including the religious practices. She attributed for the worship of the sun-god by convincing the people that Aten was the supreme God.
Queen Nefertiti is Egyptian queen born in 1390B.C.E. in Thebes one of the cities of Egypt. Queen Nefertiti was the wife to the Egyptian king Akhenaton during the 18th dynasty and the well know person in the ancient Egypt. This queen is considered by many of the Egyptian as one of the most beautiful women in Egypt. Queen Nefertiti the Great Royal wife of King Akhenaton is believed to have made greater contribution in Egypt. She supported her husband in the worship of the sun-god. She is believed to have disappeared fifteen years after her appointment as the queen of Memphis. She is not only legendary but also a political figure and influential in the establishment of the first world’s monotheistic religion. She also made greater contribution to the transition of Egypt and took on powerful roles performed by kings.
Roles played by Queen Nefertiti
Queen Nefertiti is widely known in Egypt as the elegant beauty. She played an important role of transforming ancient Egyptian women into modern world women. She was adopted by many people all over the world as the symbol of beauty with her modern cosmetic lines of dressing. The most historians pronounced her to be the most beautiful queen of the world in her reign as a queen and even after her death. The historians claim that there has never been any other beautiful queen than Nefertiti claim that her name was coiled from her beauty. She is remembered by many people not only in Egypt but also in the whole world as a symbol of beauty.
During the reign of Akhenaton, she is believed to have influenced the people to worship of the sun-god Aten in Tell El Amarna, a city constructed by pharaoh. Scholars claim that the royal family made this city the center of worship of the sun-god. History shows that during her reign as the queen, she led Egypt through many radical religious changes. She influenced radical changes not only for religion but also culture (Rita & Markowitz 1999 86). During her reign, priests were forced to change their faith, old gods were disregarded and the temples were shut down in order to accommodate the new religion of monotheism. Historians claim that this religious transformation was hostile and thus was not quickly adopted by the neither the citizens nor the priests.
Queen Nefertiti is believed to have played major contributions towards the transitions that took place in Egypt. She is believed to have over exercised her powers, duties and responsibilities. Historians claim that Nefertiti was more than a queen since she helped to promote Akhenaton’s views. Despite the fact that her reign only lasted for fourteen years, she is regarded as the most powerful queen in the history of Egypt. She is believed by many as a supporter of her husband’s views and believes what made her change her name to Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti. This new name meant that Aten was radical and the radiance beautiful one had come.
Despite the fact that King Akhenaton was born with physical deformities which hindered his role as the king, Nefertiti was entrusted with the power to make decisions on many important matters. Historians also claim that King Akhenaton trusted Nefertiti so much that he placed her name next to his name in the royal cartouche (Dodson & Hilton 2004). This mistake made by Akhenaton made Nefertiti think that she was more or else equal to King Akhenaton. She however over exercised her powers and influenced most of the decisions King Akhenaton made during his time of reign.
The queen as the symbol of beauty in Egypt also played an important or significant role of uniting families. The royal family was viewed by many as the best, happy family. The queen and king had wonderful times with their daughters playing a significant role to their children. The two were seen as equal counterparts as far as family matters were concerned. The queen was in different occasions portrayed as a loving wife to her husband as well as mother to her six daughters. The royal family was seen in different occasions exchanging rings as they sat together as a family thus playing an important role of unity in families.
The queen Nefertiti played a major role of stimulating research and studies in Egypt by attracting many scholars and historians. Her reign as the queen has attracted many scholars in writing books and documentaries to keep history she made in Egypt. (Grajetzki 2005) wrote a hieroglyphic dictionary about Egyptian queens. In his book, he wrote about the kingship of Akhenaton and his queen Nefertiti. This book has explained in details the life history of various queen of Egypt including Nefertiti who had a mysterious death or rather disappearance.
Theories explaining Queen Nefertiti’s mysterious death and disappearance
Queen Nefertiti’s mysterious death and disappearance has had a greater historical impact in the development of Egyptian history. Various theories have been put forward by scholars in attempt to explain the mystery of the queen Nefertiti. Some historian claim that Nefertiti might have disappeared from historical records but transformed into Smenkhare who also ruled with King Akhenaton after the disappearance of Nefertiti. In this theory, it was believed that Nefertiti went to greater lengths before she came back in a new form.
The other historians believe that since King Akhenaton only had six daughters and had no son to inherit the throne as an heir. It is therefore suggested that the king had to dismiss Nefertiti and married another wife to give him a son. This theory was taken by many Egyptians seriously despite the fact that it failed to justify about the where about of Nefertiti after her disappearance together with her six daughters.
The final theory states that Queen Nefertiti might have married a foreign king in order to secure the throne. History records that during the end of Amarna period, a stone tablet recorded the death of the king. This theory says that the queen who had the stone tablet prepared asked for the king to send a son to Egypt so that she could be married for she did not want to be married by any of the servants. This took place promptly and a son was sent to marry the queen. This theory is one of the theories widely used by the scholars to explain the mysterious death of Queen Nefertiti. Despite the weaknesses of this theory, it is widely used by the historians and regarded as the most truthful among the three theories put forward.
Queen Nefertiti was born in 1390B.C.E. in Thebes, Egypt. She got married to Akhenaton at the age of fifteen while Akhenaton was only sixteen years old. Upon the death of Akhenaton’s father, Akhenaton became the king of Egypt and Nefertiti became the queen (Nicholas 2005). She gave birth to six daughters but never had a son who could succeed Akhenaton. She played greater contributions in the Egyptian history of which include changing the cultural and religious practices of the Egyptians, playing a role of symbolizing beauty and transforming Egyptian women.
Queen Nefertiti the Great Royal wife of King Akhenaton is believed to have supported her husband in the worship of the sun-god. She is not only legendary but also a political figure and influential in the establishment of the first world’s monotheistic religion. She also made greater contribution to the transition of Egypt and took on powerful roles performed by kings. She enforced rules that forced people to worship the sun-god and forced the priests and the citizens to change their religious believe. It is believed that it is during this period of her reign that temples were shut down.
She is believed to have disappeared fifteen years after her appointment as the Queen of Memphis what led to development of various theories trying to explain the mysterious death or disappearance of the Queen Nefertiti. Three controversial theories were put forward trying to explain her mysterious disappearance yet none of them is convincing as such. She has made a greater contribution to the world history.