I need a summary of the art, beliefs,and the death of King Tut

Expert Answers
mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The famous of the ancient Egyptian kings, King Tutandkhamun, or King Tut, was buried in 1343 B.C.  It is believed that he was murdered by official because his skull is bashed in, and only an official could have been close enough to him to have murdered the king.  The mummy of Tut was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon of England.  The "curse of Tut" killed workers, but it is now know that  food placed with the corpse was fed upon by bacteria that also was sealed into the tomb.

While the boy king had not the achievements of previous Pharoahs such as Khufu (the builder of the pyramids) or Rameses II (prolific builder and usurper), so much mystery surrounded his death and hidden burial that he became famous in the modern world.

During his short reign there was an Armana revolution, an attempt to change the traditional priesthood and deities with a god called Aten, thus restoring the pantheon of deities and the temple for the priests.  However, these places of worship were in a poor state as the shrines were deserted and overgrown, and the sanctuaries had been turned into roads.  Because of these conditions, Tut felt that the gods had turned their backs upon the Egyptians; consequently, he initiated a restoration period.

Despite his attempts to rebuild Egypt, during Tut's reign the country was economically weak; Tut sought to restore diplomatic relations with other countries.  Nonetheless, difficulties continued for Tut as conflicts with Nubians and and Asians were recorded in the mortuary temple at Thebes.

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question