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Tutankhamen was born Tutankhaten in Malkata a palace in the south of Egypt To this day his parentsis unknown but most historians believe he is the son of the old Pharaoh Amenhotep III and his chief wife Queen Tiye Tutankhaten was born at a time of political turmoil because Amenhotep IIIs regent and successor Tutankhatens older brother Akhenhaten was a religious misbeliever whose beliefs divided the country The Ancient Egyptians were polytheistic which means they believed in more than one god Akhenhaten believed in only one god Aten the sun disc and because of that he desecrated the temples and banned the worship of all other Gods in the Egyptian temples Tutankhaten though sometimes a resident at Akhenatens court was seen as a leader for Akhenhatens opposition Egyptians who refused at least in private to give up the old gods These Egyptians watched in dismay as they saw the Egyptian Empire fall apart because Akhenhaten was more interested in Aten than in the governing of Egypt Foreign powers began to notice Egypts sudden weakness and invasion seemed eminent When Akhenaten died they managed to place the nine-year-old Tutankhaten on the throne of Egypt In an attempt to make the child look more like a man capable of ruling they married him to Ankhsanpaaten the late kings daughter and wife However the nine-year-old did not govern his kingdom His advisor and uncle Ay did thatFrom the artifacts in his tomb historians believe that the Pharaoh continued his normal pre-coronation life after he was crowned Tutankhaten was a good pupil and Egyptian records have him listed as a scribe who has received the writing case or in other words graduating with honorsDespite his delicate health the young king indulged in riding archery and swimming He also loved to hunt everything from antelopes to ostriches When he was in the palace Tutankhaten enjoyed relaxing with his numerous dogs and playing senet a popular Ancient Egyptian board game Tutankhaten
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