The Forgotten: Aten's Last Queen

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Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae

List of Major Dieties

Abbreviated Glossary

Between Life and Death, 1322 B.C

Part One:

The Sandbank of Apophis

Chapter One:
Both Shadow and Light, 1341 B.C

The Span of Earthly Things is as a Dream, 1322 B.C

Chapter Two:
Let Not The Heart Be Troubled, 1340 B.C

O My Heart, Which I Had Upon Earth, 1322 B.C

Chapter Three:
Behold the Aten, 1338 B.C

A Land Against Which None Can Rebel, 1322 B.C

Chapter Four:
The Unique One of Ra, 1338 B.C

May They Have No Power Over Me, 1322 B.C

Chapter Five:
Everyone Beholdeth Thee Before Him, 1337 B.C

Coming Forth By Day, 1322 B.C

Chapter Six:
For He Who Made Them Rests in His Horizon, 1336 B.C

Thou Fill the Two Lands With Thy Love, 1322 B.C

Chapter Seven
Thou Living Aten, The Beginning of Life!, 1335 B.C

The Land Is In Darkness, 1322 B.C

Chapter Eight:
When Thou Has Risen, They Live; When Thou Set, They Die, 1334 B.C

Eyes Are Fixed On Beauty Until Thou Sets, 1322 B.C

Part Two:

Ra’s Battle

Chapter 1:
To Hear Your Voice, 1332 B.C., Season of Akhet

Chapter 2:
The House of Smenkhkare, 1332 B.C., Season of Peret

Chapter 3:
For Thou Has Raised Them Up, 1332 B.C., Season of Shomu

Part Three:

The Rebirth of Ra

Every Lion is Come Forth from His Den, 1322 B.C

Chapter One:
I Am Your Son Who Serves You, 1331 B.C

Be Steady When You Think Of Him, 1322 B.C

Chapter Two:
While My Hand is in Your Hand, 1331 B.C

That They May Fall Beneath Thy Sandals, 1322 B.C

Chapter Three:
Because Good Has Come Back Into Existence, 1331 B.C

Under The Power of Thy Countenance, 1322 B.C

Chapter Four:
In the Horizon of Heaven, 1329 B.C

The Good God, Nebkheprure, Given Life Forever, 1322 B.C

Chapter Five:
The Sound of Those Who Rejoice, 1325 B.C

I Have Not Set My Mouth In Motion, 1322 B.C

Chapter Six:
Thou Remainest Silent and Speakest Not, 1325 B.C

The Hidden Things of the Heart, 1322 B.C

Chapter Seven:
According to the Design of My Heart, 1324 B.C

The Sweet Seems Bitter, for Taste is Lost, 1322 B.C

Chapter Eight:
The Way of Heaven Descending, 1324 B.C

Part Four:

Ra’s Death

As Though They Had Never Been, 1322 B.C

Chapter 1
: Kissing the Ground When You Dawn in Heaven, To Light All Lands with Your Beauty,
1323 B.C

Awake in Peace, Great God 1322 B.C

Chapter 2:
A Crocodile Waits in the Shallows, 1323 B.C

At the Feast of Crossing the Sky, 1322 B.C

Chapter 3:
He Enfolds Him in His Rays, He Gives Him Eternity as King, Like the Aten, 1322 B.C

The Falcon That Flew Away, 1322 B.C

Chapter 4:
My Eyes are Heavy… My Heart is Weary, 1322 B.C

Part Five:

The Book of Gates Opens

Ra Speaks

May He Harken to the Prayer of One Far Away!, 1322 B.C

Those Whom The Gods Guide Cannot Get Lost, 1258 B.C

Historical Notes

Author Info

Dramatis Personae

(alphabetically listed)

Akhenaten –

Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty. Ruled for 17 years. Changed name from Amenhotep IV during his 5
year as pharaoh. Introduced worship centered on Aten. Moved capital city to Akhenaten City. Son of Amenhotep III and Tiye.

Amenhotep III –

The ninth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. Father to Sitamun, Djhutmose, Ahkenaten, Henuttaneb, Nebetiah, Isis, Baketaten, and Smenkhkare. Married to Tiye. Later married to Sitamun. Reigned for 39 years. Also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent.

Ankhesenpaaten/Ankhesenamun –

Third of six daughters of Akhenaten and Nefertiti. Born in year 5 of Akhenaten’s reign (c. 1345 B.C.). Sole consort of Tutankhamun. No recorded children in the historical record.

Ay -

Son of Yuya and Tjuyu. Father to Nefertiti and Mutbenret. Brother of Tiye. Formerly a general under Amenhotep III. Counselor to Ahkenaten. High Vizier to Pharaoh Tutankhamun and Royal Chancellor.

Djhutmose -

Eldest son of Amenhotep III and Tiye. Disappears from the official records during the third decade of his father’s reign.

Henuttaneb –

Third daughter of Amenhotep III and Tiye. Sister of Pharaoh Akhenaten. Mother of Tutankhaten.

Horemheb –

Started career in the army during the later years of Amenhotep III. General in the Royal Army at Akhenaten City. Commander-in-Chief under Tutankhamun as well as Royal Spokesman for foreign affairs.

Huy –

Viceroy to Kush and Chief of both the Harem of Amun and the Royal Harem of Tutankhamun. Married to Lady Taemwadjsy. Father to Paser.

King Suppiluliuma –

King of the Hittite Empire.

Mahu –

Chief of Police in Akhenaten City.

Maia –

Assistant to the royal family and appointed wet nurse to Tutankhaten. Mother to Usermontu.

Maya –

Overseer of the Treasury and Fan-bearer on the Right of the King to Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Marahkaten/Tia-Sitre –

Daughter of Tadukhipa and Akhenaten. Born in year 5 of Akhenaten’s reign (c. 1345 B.C.). Later married to Pa-ramessu.

Meketaten/Meket –

Second daughter of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti (born c. 1346 B.C.).

Meryra –

A high priest of Aten at Akhenaten City.

Merytaten/Mayati –

First child of Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti (born c. 1349 B.C.). Later married to Smenkhkare.

Mutbenret –

Half-sister of Nefertiti. Daughter of Ay and Tey. Later married to Nakht-min. Mother to multiple children.

General Nakht-min –

Generalissimo under Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Husband to Mutbenret. Father of Nakht-amun, Ashai, and a daughter.

Nefernefruaten Tasherit –

Fourth daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti born during Year 6 (c. 1341 B.C.) of Akhenaten’s reign.

Neferneferure –

Fifth daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti born during Year 9 (c. 1340 B.C.) of Akhenaten’s reign.

Nefertiti/Nefernefruaten –

Akhenaten’s Great Wife. Daughter of Ay and his first wife. Half-sister to Mutbenret. Mother to six daughters while married to Akhenaten.

Pa-ramessu/Ramesses I –

Son of Amenhotep III’s troop commander, Seti (B. 1350 B.C.). Favored confidant of Horemheb. Married to Tia-Sitre.

Panehsy –

Chief priest at Akhenaten City.

Pannefer –

Royal Cupbearer to Akhenaten and responsible for serving the drinks at the royal table at Akhenaten City.

Paser –

Son of Huy and Taemwadjsy. Viceroy to Kush during the reigns of Ay and Horemheb.

Pay –

Overseer of the royal private apartments, Overseer of the cattle of Amun, and Overseer in charge of the Royal Harem at Man-nefer.

Pentu –

Royal physician of Akhenaten City. Later Vizier of Lower Egypt under Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Setepenre –

Sixth daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti born during Year 11 (c. 1339 B.C.) of Akhenaten’s reign.

Sitamun –

Eldest daughter of Amenhotep III and Tiye. Later married to her father around Year 30 of his reign. Mother of Smenkhkare.

Smenkhkare –

Son of Amenhotep III and Sitamun. Married to Merytaten. Ruler of Akhenaten City after the death of Akhenaten.

Tadukhipa/Kiya –

Daughter of King Tushratta and a Mitanni princess. Married to Amenhotep III at the very end of his reign. Lesser wife of Akhenaten. Mother to Marahkaten.

Tey –

Second wife of Ay and mother of Mutbenret.

Tiye –

Daughter of Yuya and Tjuyu. Sister to Ay. Great Royal Wife of Amenhotep III. Mother of Sitamun, Djhutmose, Ahkenaten, Henuttaneb, Nebetiah, Isis, and Baketaten.

Tushratta –

King of Mitanni. Father of Tadukhipa.

Tutankhaten/Tutankhamun –

Son of Akhenaten and Henuttaneb (c. 1341 B.C.). Married to Ankhesenamun and crowned Pharaoh at age 9.

Usermontu –

Son of Lady Maia and Nebmehyt. Provincial Governor, Priest of Ma’at, and a royal judge. Vizier of Upper Egypt.

Wahankh –

Guard familiar to Nefertiti and subsequently Ankesenpaaten. Former playmate of Nefertiti growing up.

Wennefer –

High Priest of Amun at Waset under Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Major Egyptian Deities:

(alphabetically listed)

–Crocodile-headed female devourer/soul eater in the Duat in the Judgement Hall of Osiris. Once Ammit swallowed an impure heart, the soul became restless for eternity; this is referred to as dying a second time.

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