The Magic, Mystery and Madness of Tomb 55: Shadowy Sovereigns and Risky Reburials–Part IV | Ancient Origins Members Site


The Magic, Mystery and Madness of Tomb 55: Shadowy Sovereigns and Risky Reburials–Part IV

The Magic, Mystery and Madness of Tomb 55: Shadowy Sovereigns and Risky Reburials–Part IV

The German Egyptologist Walther Wolf was unsparing in his description of Akhenaten, calling him a man who epitomized “sick ugliness and nervous decadence”. The greatest irony of the entire Amarna episode was that this pharaoh, who had vehemently denounced the Amun-Re cult from faraway Akhetaten, came to be buried in the traditional Theban royal necropolis. But not all believe Akhenaten’s mummy has been discovered.

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Painted wall relief shows Akhenaten and Neferiti worshipping the Aten. Tomb of Meryre II, Tell el-Amarna.

Painted wall relief shows Akhenaten and Neferiti worshipping the Aten. Tomb of Meryre II, Tell el-Amarna. (Photo: Oliviero Piccinali)


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