King Tut Did What?

Most of what the general populous knows about the “legendary” pharaoh Tutankhamun does not pertain to his rule over Egypt. This is because he was not very impressive compared to rulers such as the various Ramses. His wide spread fame is due to the discovery of his basically untouched tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter. Even so, there are some interesting aspects about the boy king that people are not generally aware of.

Tut ruled from 1336 BC to 1327 BC. Through examination of his remains he is thought to have been around the age of 17 when he died, but he gained the throne of pharaoh at about the age of 8 or 9. It is commonly thought that he was the sun of Akhenaten. His wife and queen was Ankhesenamun who was the third daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Tut and his administration had a lot of work to do after his father left the Egyptian state in quite a mess. The old religion was restored and construction began to rebuilt destroyed temples of deities. Also, the capital was moved from Akhtaten back to Thebes.

Even though he is often thought not to be, Tut did have some historical significance. He could have continued with his father’s administration instead of going back to the old ways. This would have definitely had an impact on the Egyptian state. The best answer for why this did not happen is because Tut was so young when he ascended the throne. What does an 8 year old know about ruling such a vast and powerful kingdom as Egypt? For awhile, things were basically run by the viziers and administration. The priesthood also saw this time as a perfect opportunity to reestablish their authority in helping the rule Egypt.

Of course there is the controversy over how Tut died. Was it murder? Assassination? People are constantly working to discover the answer to this but it reality, does it matter?