In ancient Egypt, the Pharaoh, or king, was the pinnacle of Egyptian society. The entire administrative structure rested on them, as did the religion of the day. These god-kings wielded great power that is staggering to today’s standards and ruled over everything. Considered a divine being and a physical offspring of a god, they had offerings made in their name. But the kings of ancient Egypt weren’t only males. Women too were allowed to rule. And when such an awesome power can be had, it’s no wonder, ancient Egyptians go to great lengths to get a hold of this power, hang on to it for as long as possible and show the world as they knew it that they are the greatest Pharaoh that ever lived.
More people would have heard of the Pharaoh Khufu than they would have of the Pharaoh Radjedef, and that’s because Khufu is generally accepted as the builder of the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. His son, Radjedef, on the other hand, didn’t achieve much during his reign…or so the world thought until a “lost” pyramid was found recently! In an attempt to trump his father’s magnificent achievement and stamp his supremacy, Radjedef erected the highest pyramid ever built, towering some 60 feet above Khufu’s Great Pyramid of Giza.
Scientists have discovered something new about the most famous woman in history, Cleopatra. A tomb containing human remains has been discovered 500 miles from Egypt in Ephesus. Turkey and archaeologists are convinced this is the skeleton of one of Cleopatra’s victims, murdered by her Roman lover Mark Antony on her orders in a bid to safeguard herself and hold on power. Shocking still is revelation that the skeleton could be that of Cleopatra’s younger half sister, Princess Arsinoe! The remains are the first relics of the Ptolemaic dynasty to be identified. For 2,000 years, Cleopatra’s death orders have only been speculated upon (she was said to have one of her brothers killed), but by comparing historic writings and the new forensic evidence, scientists say they finally have proof of her murderous attribute.
The Truth About Tut
For someone so famous, there’s surprisingly little we know about King Tutankhamun. His intact tomb was discovered in 1922 but it said little about this child king. Who was he really? In early 2009, archaeologists examining the KV63 tomb that was discovered in 2006, believe it was directly related to Tutankhamun, that it could have been built for the body of a queen who has disappeared from history – his mother, Kiya (Egypt’s Mystery Chamber)
King Tut was nine years old when he became Pharaoh and died just 10 years later at age 19. Since he was just a little boy when he became king, he is believed to have had numerous influential advisors. For a long time, he was thought to have been murdered by one of his advisors, but in 2005, a CT scan concluded that he most likely died of gangrene after breaking his leg. But not everyone is convinced!