King Tutankhamun

King Tutankhamun

Two years after Ikhnaton death his son-in-law, Tutankhamun, a favorite of the priests, ascended the throne.

He changed the name Tutenkhaton which his father-in-law had given him to Tutankhamun, returned the capital to Thebes, made his peace with the powers of the Church, and announced to a rejoicing people the restoration of the ancient gods.

The words "At on" and Ikhnaton were effaced from all the monuments, the priests forbade the name of the heretic king to pass any man's lips, and the people referred to him as "The Great Criminal."

The names that Ikhnaton had removed were recarved upon the monuments, and the feast-days that he had abolished were renewed.

Everything was as before.

For the rest he reigned without distinction;

The world would hardly have heard of him had not unprecedented treasures been found in his grave.

After him, a doughty general, Harmhab, marched his armies up and down the coast, restoring Egypt's external power and internal peace.

Seti I wisely reaped the fruits of renewed order and wealth, built the Hypostyle Hall at Karnak, began to cut a mighty temple into the cliffs at Abu Simbel, commemorated his grandeur in magnificent reliefs, and had the pleasure of lying for thousands of years in one of the most ornate of Egypt's tombs.

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