King Tutankhamun was a relatively minor monarch in Egyptian history, ruling as a boy king for almost 10 years until his death at age 19 in 1323 B.C. During his time on the throne, powerful advisers largely controlled his actions, using him as a puppet leader.Continue Reading
King Tut came to power at age nine in 1332 B.C., the son of a powerful monarch named King Akhenaten. His full name, Tutankhamun, means "the living image of Amun," an Egyptian deity. His mother was likely one of Akhenaten's sisters, as this practice of intermarriage within royal families was common at the time.
Archaeologists have determined that for much of Tut's 10-year rule, powerful and influential royal counselors largely controlled his actions. His most significant accomplishment as king was to roll back many of the religious reforms his father enacted before him by banning the worship of the god Aten and restoring worship of the god Amun. He also moved the Egyptian capital back to the city of Thebes from Akhetaten.
King Tut took a young wife, but both babies resulting from the union were stillborn. When Tut died at age 19 of complications from a leg fracture, his death marked the end of the Thutmosid Dynasty in Egypt. Archaeologists discovered his elaborate tomb intact in 1922, and it remains one of the most important archaeological in history.Learn more about Ancient Egypt