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Meritaten (her name means "Beloved of Aten" – Aten was the sun-god her father worshipped) was the firstborn of the six daughters of Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti. She married Akhenaten's co-ruler Smenkhkare who was probably her (half-)uncle. They ruled together for about four years, but one year after Akhenaten's death Smenkhkare died and it is very likely that Meritaten died at that time too, for the wife of new king Tutankhamen was not her but her younger sister Ankhesenpaaten. Meritaten was referred to by her nickname "Mayati" in the Amarna letters.


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Meritaten - "Beloved of the Aten" (1017 words)
Regardless of the exact nature of the relationship between Meritaten and her "husband", she was granted palace quarters befitting a queen and gains prominence on the monuments just as her mother, the beloved and stunning Nefertiti, fades away completely.
It may be that Meritaten was not her father's queen, but her mother's, in which case it would have been a purely honorary role, creating a situation similiar to that of Pharaoh Hatchepsut and her daughter Neferure.
A few of Meritaten's posessions travelled as far as Thebes and the Valley of the Kings, where seals bearing her names and titles as queen were found in the entrance rubble of KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Meritaten - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (185 words)
Meritaten was referred to by her nickname "Mayati" in the Amarna letters.
There is also evidence to support that Meritaten was her father's Great Royal Wife at some stage (after the displacment or death of Nefertiti).
Meritaten had a daughter, Meritaten Tasherit ("Meritaten the Younger").
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