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The Dakhamunzu Chronicles: End Game of the Sun Kings—Part I

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Portraits of Akhenaten and Nefertiti from the workshop of Thutmose, the royal sculptor. Tell el-Amarna. Neues Museum, Berlin. (Photo: Heidi Kontkanen)

The Dakhamunzu Chronicles: End Game of the Sun Kings—Part I

The history of the dying days of the Eighteenth Dynasty remains shrouded in mystery. The late Amarna succession and its aftermath remain an unsolved conundrum. Out of the mist of this perplexity appears a desperate supplication written by a Sun Queen—the last scion of a royal family that was now irrevocably trapped in the throes of obliteration. With the jury still out, only further research can enable us to establish the identity of Dakhamunzu, a helpless yet daring lady who battled to save her life – and above all – the future of Egypt itself.

 A painted wall relief shows Akhenaten, Nefertiti and two of their daughters, Meritaten and Meketaten, making offerings to the Aten. Tomb of Meryre II, Tell el-Amarna.

A painted wall relief shows Akhenaten, Nefertiti and two of their daughters, Meritaten and Meketaten, making offerings to the Aten. Tomb of Meryre II, Tell el-Amarna. (Photo: Oliviero Piccinali)

AN EMPIRE IN PERIL

"My husband died, a son I have not. But to thee they say, the sons are many. If thou wouldst give me one son of thine, he would become my husband. Never shall I pick out a servant of mine and make him my husband. I am very afraid!”


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