Queen Nefertiti Essay

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Crystal Lee Jeff Kinard Western Civilization I 2 July 2012 Queen Nefertiti As a child I could be found with a pale yellow shirt with the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti printed on the front. On the back read the following statement, “Before me there was none and after me there shall be no more” (author unknown). I assumed like most girls who wore that shirt, that we were royal individuals. I often quoted that statement even once to a boy who I like that had mistreated me. I was a rare being, one to be reckoned with. I have not found any facts that would lead me in my adulthood to believe that that saying came from Nefertiti. Never the less it, just as she, was so profound neither can be forgotten. Over the years Queen Nefertiti has become one of the most recognizable figures in the world. To understand much about Nefertiti one must over look the fact that virtually nothing is known about her early years. There are no historical facts as to who her mother and father was, though some studies suggest that Nefertiti had a sister. According to Dr. JoAnne Fletcher, the author of The Search For Nefertiti, “Despite being one of ancient Egypt’s most famous faces, Nefertiti’s origin is unknown” (256). Her name says much for her unforeseen arrival, most often being translated as The Beautiful One Has Come. In the Eighteenth Dynasty around 1350 BC, it is believed that Queen Nefertiti was married to Amenhotep IV (later known as Akhenaten). According to Joyce Tyldesley, the author of Nefertiti: Egypt’s Sun Queen, “Nefertiti was probably married in her early teens.” She goes on to state, “By the age of thirty Nefertiti had borne at least six children” (3). Queen Nefertiti conceived all girls, though her husband fathered outside sons. Her three oldest children are said to have been born at Thebes, while her youngest three were born in Amarna. In order of years her children

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