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Spring 2022


Queen, King, ruler, mother, Great Royal Wife, Nefertiti, Semenkare. All of these names pertain to the question of the identity of the ruler, Neferneferuaten. Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten was a pharaoh who reigned toward the end of the Amarna era during the Eighteenth Dynasty. The royal succession of this period is very unclear as well as the gender of said pharaoh. The epithet of the pharaoh’s name establishes, or at least suggests, that the ruler was female. However, this fact is widely contested. Due to the gender questioning and the lack of concrete information available about the ruler Neferneferuaten, many have come to wonder if Nefertiti, the wife of Akhenaten, was in fact the true identity of this pharaoh. In this paper, evidence will be presented for the case of Neferneferuaten being identified as Nefertiti.


Course: HIS 370, History of Ancient Egypt (Dr. Kevin Johnson)

Paper presentation given during 2022 Celebration of Scholarship