Assignment 1: Essay
HUM111 – World Cultures I
April 23, 2012
Topic: Tutankhamen died young, at around 18 years of age. However, his cause of death has not been confirmed. Did he die of an injury, of illness, or was he murdered?
Since King Tut was so young when he died, and because his father, Akhenaten, was an unpopular, some say hated, ruler, theories abound as to how King Tut died. Adding to the mystery are differing accounts of the tomb itself. Howard Carter, who discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922, said the tomb was filled with “wonderful things” and it took him 10 years to excavate and inventory the contents. [The Humanities, Culture, Continuity and Change, p. 65] Another account of the tomb [Time Magazine, September 9, 2002] stated that the tomb was of diminutive size and in an unfinished condition, suggesting that King Tut had died unexpectedly and was buried in a tomb built for a non-royal. The article goes on to state that the wall paintings were marred by splashes of paint that nobody bothered to clean up and that some of the funerary artifacts contained other people’s names that were scratched out and replaced with King Tutankhamen’s name. Time Magazine, September 9, 2002, chronicles the findings of Greg Cooper, a former FBI profiler and chief of police in Provo, Utah, and Mike King, director of the Ogden, Utah, police department's crime-analysis unit, who studied the case at the request of British film producer Anthony Geffen. The article promotes the theory that King Tut was murdered by none other than his Prime Minister, Ay. They theorize that Ay, who was also Prime Minister under Tut’s father, coveted the throne since he was the de facto King while he was advising the young Pharaoh. They cite a letter purportedly from King Tut’s widow, Ankhesenamun, to a Hittite king asking for the king to send one of his sons for her to wed, otherwise she would be forced to marry one of her servants. The Hittite king’s son was killed en route and...
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