Nefertiti at The University of Manchester

Queen Nefertiti is one of the most familiar of Ancient Egypt’s queens thanks to the distinct bust found of her (now in the Neues Museum, Berlin). This enduring image of the Queen is one which is instantly recognisable to most, but what do we actually know about her life? On this Study Day we will uncover some of the mysteries behind the life of Nefertiti.

Nefertiti, whose name means ‘a beautiful woman has come’ was the queen of Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century B.C. During their reign they radically changed the religious landscape of Egypt – choosing to worship only one god – Aten, the sun god. With this came a change in capital and artwork that was radically different from its predecessors.

Nefertiti is certainly considered by most to have been one of the most powerful ruling women in Egypt. Through depictions we can see that her husband was keen to display her as equal, and there are those that consider that eventually they may in fact have shared the role of ruler entirely, making her Co-regent.

Many of the details of Nefertiti’s life are still a mystery though and often based on speculation. Who were her parents? Why did she disappear from depictions suddenly after 12 years? How did she die and where is her tomb located? Even the exact date of her marriage to Amenhotep IV is unknown, although she is believed to have wed at 15 – perhaps before Akhenaten assumed the throne. Just how powerful did this queen turn out to be? Some believe that Nefertiti may have taken on the responsibilities of her husband the Pharaoh, after his death.

We will spend a day with Egyptology experts Dr Joyce Tyldesley and Dr Campbell Price, uncovering the story of Nefertiti’s life. Dr Tyldesley herself is a leading expert on Nefertiti and has published several books on the queen, with a further on the way. Can we shed any light on the possible new discovery that could reveal the mysteries of Nefertiti once and for all? Join us on this fascinating day to find out…

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch - Traditional Turkish lunch at local TAS restaurant
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue

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