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Nefertiti - Queen of Ancient Egypt

Hatshepsut | Nefertiti | Tomyris | Arsinoe | Cleopatra | Boudicca | Zenobia

Nefertiti: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Nefertiti, which means "a beautiful woman has come" (aka Neferneferuaten) was queen of Egypt and wife of the pharaoh Akhenaten/Akhenaton. Earlier, before his religious change, Nefertiti's husband was known as Amenhotep IV. He ruled from the middle of the 14th century B.C. She played religious roles in Akhenaten's new religion, as part of the triad that consisted of Akhenaten's god Aton, Akehenaten, and Nefertiti.

Nefertiti's origins are unknown. She might have been a Mitanni princess or the daughter of Ay, brother of Akhenaton's mother, Tiy. Nefertiti had 3 daughters at Thebes before Akhenaten moved the royal family to Tell el-Amarna, where the fertile queen produced another 3 daughters.

A February 2013 Harvard Gazette article, A different take on Tut, says DNA evidence suggests Nefertiti may have been the mother of Tutankhamen (the boy pharaoh whose almost intact tomb Howard Carter and George Herbert discovered in 1922).

As shown in the picture, the beautiful Queen Nefertiti wore a special blue crown. However beautiful and unusual she may seem in this picture, in other pictures, it is surprisingly hard to distinguish Nefertiti from her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten.


1. Hatshepsut
2. Nefertiti
3. Tomyris
4. Arsinoe
5. Cleopatra
6. Boudicca
7. Zenobia

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