Re-Writing Nefertiti: The History and Historiography of Egypt’s most Famous Queen

Dr Joyce TyldesleyBust of Nefertiti

3pm, Wednesday 10 February

The Kanaris Lecture Theatre, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester

Followed by refreshments

No Charge, all wellcome, no need to book.

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For over a decade Nefertiti, wife of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten, was the most influential woman in the Bronze Age Mediterranean world. Suddenly she disappeared, vanishing as if she had never been.

With the decoding of the hieroglyphic script at the beginning of the 19th century Nefertiti’s name was restored to scholars but she remained a shadowy figure. A succession of egyptologists excavating at the Egyptian site of Amarna did much to reconstruct her story, but it was not until 1924, when a painted bust of Nefertiti was put on display in Berlin Museum, that the general public became aware of her existence. Western Europe, already experiencing a bout of Egypto-mania following the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, immediately hailed Nefertiti as one of the most beautiful and fascinating women of all time.

This Showcase Seminar will consider the distorting effect that the Berlin head has had on the public perception of Nefertiti, before reviewing the archaeological evidence for her life and death.



Filed under Egypt events at the Manchester Museum

8 responses to “Re-Writing Nefertiti: The History and Historiography of Egypt’s most Famous Queen

  1. carlos simba sumboi

    she was really a beautiful woman but how did she desappeared without living a trace

  2. Joyce

    In fact many of Egypt’s queens disappeared without leaving a trace. We have many missing queens!

  3. ashley

    But how come you have’nt found any clues??? don’t you think there would be something? Have you found out anything interseting about her husband? That would mabie give us a clue to how she dissapeared.

  4. Joyce

    Its not really surprising – ancient Egypt had many hundreds of queens, and we know virtually nothing about their deaths and burials. There is a great deal of information about her husband, but nothing that details Nefertiti’s death.

  5. kimberly

    why is it that all of people of that era looked like the king of egypt

    • Joyce

      “Portraits” (paintings and sculpture), in ancient Egypt, were not designed to look like the person. They represented an ideal form – so everyone tended to look alike!

  6. Alicia

    Maybe her dissapearance isn’t such a mystery considering the fact that one her six daughters married her own father(nefertiti’s husband and then king) and became her predecessor as queen. How awful! That sounds like a life filled of betrayal, pain and misery. Maybe even murder or suicide.

  7. Jay

    Wish I could have attended Joyce. If you’re ever giving an open talk/lecture in Oxford, please let me know. As you already know I think your work is fascinating!

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