Tutankhamen's Mysterious Death

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Loralye Reed
Alicia Plant
HUM 111

Tutankhamun (Tutankhamen) was born in Egypt in 1341 B.C. In 1323 B.C. Tutankhamun died of an unknown death; he was only 17 or 18 years old. Before he died he got to live a short time as a ruler. After his body was exhumed, there have been signs that Tutankhamus could have been murdered, or died from an infection from an injury. “Historians generally agree that he was the twelfth ruler of the 18th Egyptian Dynasty, who assumed the throne when he was eight or nine years old. Before puberty he was married to his half-sister (or, possibly, niece) Ankhesenamen, daughter of Queen Nefertiti. He reigned until his death in his late teens. Some studies of his remains suggest that he was killed by a blow to the head, but more recent analysis indicates that he died from an infection after breaking his leg.” (Tutankhamun, (2012). Studies from scientists and archeologists show that Tutankhamus and his predecessors all died at a young age, each younger than the one before them. This suggested an inherited disorder. “TUTANKHAMUN'S mysterious death as a teenager may finally have been explained. And the condition that cut short his life may also have triggered the earliest monotheistic religion, suggests a new review of his family history. Since his lavishly furnished, nearly intact tomb was discovered in 1922, the cause of Tutankhamun's death has been at the centre of intense debate. There have been theories of murder, leprosy, tuberculosis, malaria, sickle-cell anemia, a snake bite - even the suggestion that the young king died after a fall from his chariot. But all of these theories have missed one vital point, says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminized physique, and so did his immediate predecessors.” (Hamzelou, J. (September 5, 2012). There has also been talk of the pharos having epilepsy. Epilepsy could have very well...
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