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Nefertiti
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(Egyptian Nfr.t-jj.tj). The chief wife of Akhenaton (Amenophis [4] IV, 1553-1536 BC), mother of six of his daughters. N. is known mainly from numerous relief depictions, which show her accompanying Akhenaton in the worship of the sun god Aten; she only appears alone in an early building in Thebes. In the pharaohs' artistic agendas there are no parallels for such prominence  being given to a chief wife. After Akhenaton's death, N. disappeared from history; she was included in the damnatio memoriae, which was directed at Akhenaton a few years after his death.…

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Krauss, Rolf (Berlin), “Nefertiti”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e824180>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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