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PHAROAH TUTANCHAMEN Tutanchamen name means living image of AMEN Tutanchamen birth name was Tutankhaten He was the son of Pharaoh Amenophis IV and his Queen Kiya He married his half sister Ankheseenamun the daughter of Amenophis IV and Queen Neferrtiti He became king when he was 9 years old around 1333BC Imagine ruling an entire country when you are only nine King Tut ruled Egypt which is located in the northeast corner of Africa along the banks of the Nile Tutankhamen became king after the death on Ikhnaton in 1362 BC During most of his rule he lived in Memphis near present day Cairo Egypt was actually governed by his senior officials and Ay senior minister of state Peace was brought to Egypt during his reign as the worship of Amon which was abandoned under Ikhnaton was restored and Thebes the city sacred to Amon was made Egypts capital Egyptians enjoyed life on earth and they planned for life in the here after They lived in impressive houses and enjoyed dressing up and wearing wigs Most people wore clothes made of linen They were entertained by musicians while feasting on goose meat figs dates and pomegranates and they drank grape or date wine Some of their favorite pets were monkeys cats and dogs King Tuts reign was very short He died suddenly during the war with the Hittite people He was only 19 years old He had no heirs No one knows the mystery of his death He was buried in the Valley of the Tombs of the kings of southern Egypt The Egyptians believed that life after death was similar to life on earth They protected and preserved themselves for the next life The pyramids protected the bodies and mummification preserved the body The mummification process could take as long as
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