127: Meket-Aten and Smenkh-Ka-Re

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 2.

In 1350 BCE the royal house was in crisis. Tiye was dead, and soon after, one of pharaoh’s daughters also traveled to the West. The princess Meket-Aten, just eight years old, was the second prominent person to die in a short span of time. Soon after, Akhenaten seems to have appointed a co-ruler. His name was Smenkh-ka-Re.

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A scene of mourning for Meket-Aten, one of three in the Royal Tomb of Amarna (Photo Chris Ward 2019).
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The Royal Tomb of Amarna, plan.
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Another scene of the Meketaten funeral, nurse with baby at centre-right (Gabolde 1998).


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Smenkhkare (left) and Meritaten (right), new rulers of Egypt (Wikimedia).
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A seal impression of “Ankh-kheperu-Re beloved of Nefer-kheperu-Re” (LACMA).


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One Comment Add yours

  1. Martin Morrison says:

    The usual link to the audio file “Stream Online and Download Directly (Save As mp3)” is missing from this episode.

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