King Tut was one of the most famous pharaohs we know of today. King Tut had many achievements in his short life. Something happened to him after a calamity that involved his father. We know King Tut as the boy king of Egypt. King Tut learned about laws and government, so that he would know how to rule Egypt.
In the year of 1370 B.C. in ancient Egypt, a young child became a pharaoh. Pharaoh is a name for a king in Egypt. The child’s name was Tutankhamun. King Tut was nine when he became king. King Tut became king after a calamity happened to his father, Amenhotep III. The calamity that happened to his father Amenhotep III was that he probably was murdered. Amenhotep III was one of the richest and most successful rulers of Egypt. King Tut lived in one of the richest countries on earth, Egypt. Pharaohs and government officials lived in grand palaces, with dining halls, shower rooms, flower-filled rooms, and ponds. The Egyptians believed that their pharaoh was a god in human form, and the pharaohs were worshiped and respected. King Tut was taught by scribes to write on papyrus, paper made from reeds that grew along the Nile River.
King Tut was taught how to read hieroglyphs. Hieroglyphs was the writing system that the ancient Egyptians used. Also, each afternoon King Tut practiced swimming and wrestling. King Tut was also taught to hunt wild animals. He needed to know how to fight in a war in case Egypt was attacked. Once King Tut was crowned, he became both a god and the chief priest of Egypt.
King Tut died suddenly in the year of 1352 BCE, at about the age of 18. No one knows how he died for sure. One theory is that he was murdered. King Tut was buried in a tomb hidden deep in the hillside of the Valley of Kings in Upper Egypt. His body was embalmed and mummified. Then, he was placed in several coffins coated with gold. In his tomb was everything that a pharaoh might need in the afterlife. His tomb was filled with food, drinks, books, board games, and gold. The tomb walls were covered with magical pictures that told a story. The Egyptians thought a pharaoh would need these stories in the afterlife. His tomb was found in the year of 1922 in The Valley of Kings. During the time period of the New Kingdom, this desert location is where pharaohs were buried. His tomb was one of the fewest tombs that were not robbed because King Tut was buried in a different type of chamber than all the other pharaohs.
His father, died and then he became king at a very young age. King Tut had many achievements in the short life he lived. Today we recognize King Tut as the boy king of Egypt. The Egyptians believed that their pharaoh was a god so the Egyptians worshiped their pharaoh. King Tut ended his families’ dynasty during the New Kingdom.
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