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Ruler/Tomb owner
1334 B.C.

The successor of Amenhetep IV/AkhenatenSemenkhkara (whose name means “He Whom the Spirit of Ra has Ennobled”) may have been a younger brother or a son of Akhenaten. He may have been married to one of Akhenaten’s daughters. Some have even suggested that he was actually Akhenaten’s wife, Nefertiti, using a different name and shown in masculine form. In any case, his reign was a short one, less than three years long, and there is evidence that he abandoned Amarna and the cult of the Aten and returned with his court to Thebes. Some believe that he was buried there in KV 55, but the evidence is highly ambiguous.