2010-07-28 08:50:22 UTC
So I tried this once before, and I failed to so much
as draw a single person into a non-biblical
discussion. Anyhow, I'll try again, and this time I'll
sweeten the deal by adding a little of the evidence
I held back on.
See, I had hoped by withholding evidence it might
encourage people to respond -- if for no other reason
than to demand some of the evidence.
Anyhow, the most obvious piece of evidence isn't
evidence at all, it's logic.
Well, "Common Sense."
The thing is, the role taken my Nefertiti during the
Amarna period was already filled by Queen Tiye.
She had to be enormously influential -- POWERFUL --
during the reign of Amenhotep III, Akhenaten's
father, as (or so I'm told) she was depicted equal in
stature to her husband the king. And, of course, there
is her mention in the Amarna Letters, further suggesting
a woman of great influence (i.e. "Power").
It's just plain idiotic to think that a woman who, in
one sense or another, ruled Egypt would simply toss
it all aside. Secondly, there's the inertia of power.
See, when a certain person "Rules" in a society
like ancient egypt, what happens is that they end
up placing a lot of people into positions with titles
or significant financial rewards. Put another way:
Everyone in positions beneath the ruling monarch
owe their position to that ruling monarch. A new
monarch means that their position is in jeopardy.
"A new broom sweep clean."
So it would be unusual for a woman to have obtained
the power that a Queen Tiye was supposed to have
obtained to throw it all away, and it would be unusual
for a court to ever desire it. So all the momentum,
if you will, would be behind Queen Tiye sticking
around and ruling.
Now this post is already too long, but let me wet
your whistle with some physical evidence....
The famous bust of Nefertiti, the Berlin bust:
Anyhow, a close examination reveals that the
artists who made the bust painted on face &
neck wrinkles. They did not depict a young
woman, but an older, wrinkled woman.
NOTE: The dating is so "iffy" for the Amarna
period that it's not stretch to say that Queen
Tiye and Nefertiti "vanish" at the same time.