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King Tutankhamen The Boy King King Tutankhamen or King Tut was one of the youngest kings to reign over any country The Boy King is best remembered for his magnificent funeral treasures including his elaborate golden burial mask King Tut achieved a measure of immortality through his glittering burial treasures King Tut was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who reigned from about 1348 to 1339 BC His name can be spelled a variety of ways including Tutankhamen Tutankhamon or Tutankhamun There is an enigma though surrounding his name Researchers have no idea where it came from because his parents are unknown He became king during the period of readjustment that followed the death of his father-in-law the pharaoh Akhenaton The boy king married Akhenatons third daughter to strengthen his claim to the throne and took the name Tutankhaton meaning gracious of life is Aton After less than three years of residence at Akhetaton he changed his name to Tutankhamen Because Tut was only nine or ten when he became pharaoh the direction of the state was devolved onto an older official named Ay He succeeded Tut when he died When Tut was alive however the Egyptians had a flair for playing games and telling stories All Egyptians enjoyed contests and stories but the wealthy pursued those pastimes with an elegant flourish Royalty such as Tut was portrayed on the walls of his tomb playing the game senet which reenacted the quest for eternal fulfillment after death This game is played on a checkerboard table with thirty squares arranged in three parallel rows Each of two players has an equal number of counters ranging from five to seven in two series of different shapes The counters are moved with sticks or small bones The goal of the game is to get across the board with your counters following an S-shaped path while outrunning or
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