- Oct 2011
- Italy, Lago Maggiore
If we start from what is known about Amenhotep III's sisters and daughters [leaving aside the doubt that "Sitamun" is an epithet which became a name], we have to consider the possibility that Nefertiti was the granddaughter of a Monarch, that is to say the daughter of a Hereditary Princess.This would have put her in a condition to carry the title and to be of a right age to become the Great Royal Wife of a son of Amenhotep III.I know we always get back to this, but the answer must be there staring at us. So let’s at what seems literal about events.
Nefertiti is called a Heriditary Princess. So, let’s play this straight and say, there is no reason to assume she was not a royal, and be one high in the chain.
She is not called king’s daughter or sister. So let’t play it straight again, and say, well, she was not a king’s daughter or sister.
So was she the daughter of another high royal? The daughter of a sister and/or brother of Amenophis III? Or the daughter of a son and/or daughter of Amenophis III? The fact that Nefertiti was chosen as Great Royal Spouse over a king’s daughter when she might have been of a collateral line seems interesting. And that Tiye remained deeply involved with management alongside Akhenaten and Nefertiti is intriguing. Akhenaten, Tiye and Nefertiti are certainly depicted playing happy families. This might just have been royal propaganda, but a king’s cousin taking precedence over Tiye’s own daughters seems fraught. Tiye, after all, seems to have been very powerful.
I also get back to Meritaten appearing very quickly after Akhenaten became Pharaoh as Amenophis IV. Why is this? Why does the ‘getting together’ with Nefertiti to produce Meritaten occur so closely after his accession? I think it is a very important issue to address. And why would he not have married a sister, even if he did not make her his Great Royal Spouse, when he took the throne? So, I go immediately full circle again: maybe he did but she changed her name and saw no reason to mention she was a king’s daughter or king’s sister, she was a Great Royal Spouse, with a born to rule attitude she got from her father - naturally - and her mother, the surprisingly prominent (and powerful?) Tiye!