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Loralye Reed
Alicia Plant
HUM 111
1/29/13

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
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It's likely that the family of pharaohs had a heritable form of temporal lobe epilepsy, he says. This diagnosis would also account for the feminine features. The temporal lobe is connected to parts of the brain involved in the release of hormones, and epileptic seizures are known to alter the levels of hormones involved in sexual development. This might explain the development of the pharaohs' large breasts. A seizure might also be to blame for Tutankhamun's fractured leg, says Ashrafian (Epilepsy & Behavior, doi.org/h8s).” (Hamzelou, J. (September 5, 2012). King Tutankhamun (King Tut) may have not been an important ruler, but he has been made known by the artifacts found in his tomb when it was discovered in 1922. “Though he was of little importance as a ruler, "King Tut" became the most famous of the Pharaohs thirty-two centuries after his death, when his mummified body and treasure stuffed tomb were discovered by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. The lavish accessories that filled his tomb have toured the world. Almost two million people visited the Tut exhibit in England in 1972, more than eight million saw Tut's treasures on a 1976-77 tour of America, and millions more worldwide saw the artifacts in their 2007-08 exhibition at some of the world's most prestigious museums.” (Tutankhamun, (2012).

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