The Great Royal Wife
Nefertiti was the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten.
Akhenaten built a city to honor Aten, his sun god. The city had palaces, temples, gardens
and wide roadways. Akhenaten believed all people were equal. He wanted the Egyptians to
see the royal family as people, not gods. This made the priests angry.
Nefertiti was married to Akhenaten and while living
in Memphis gave birth to six daughters. It is possible that she also had sons, although no
record has been found of this. It was a practice in Egyptian art not to portray the male
heirs as children, therefore it is possible that Tutankamen was her son.
Nefertiti is displayed with a prominence that other
Egyptian queens were not. Her name is enclosed in a royal cartouche, and there are in fact
more statues and drawings of her than of Akhenaten. Some have even claimed that it was
Nefertiti, not Akhenaten, who started the one god religion of Aten.
Nefertiti disappeared in the year 15. No one knows if
she was banished or died.