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How did King Tut impact Egyptian civilization?

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Far from simply being the owner of the feline face behind the iconic golden funeral casket, boy-Pharoah Tutankhamun also ushered in a raft of reforms in his decade-long reign. Many of these revolved around reversing changes his supposed father Akhenaten introduced.

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The country was in chaos after the death of Tutankhamun's father. Despite his young age, and probably on the advice of priests, Tutankhamun transferred the seat of power from Amarna back to Thebes, repealed unpopular changes his father had made in respect to the religion that the population should follow, and worked closely with advisers to ensure that ancient Egypt's status was restored in the region.

Howard Carter discovered and opened the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Among the manifold riches and other signs of extreme decadence were a number of ornate walking sticks. This fact, plus speculation Tut had a club left foot, led Egyptologists to conclude that the teenage King was tall but frail. It is thought that traditional inbreeding, his parents were brother and sister, had led to severe genetic weaknesses probably causing his death at age 17. The hole in his skull that some thought suggested a suspicious death most likely occurred during the process of mummification.

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    What were King Tut's major accomplishments?

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    Some of King Tutankhamun's major accomplishments during his reign over Egypt involved reversing most of the policies that his father, King Akhenaten, had set. Most noticeably, Tutankhamun's regents reversed the decree of worshipping only Aten in favor of returning to the traditional polytheistic belief in multiple Egyptian gods.

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    At what age did King Tut marry?

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    King Tut married his half-sister Ankhesenamun at the age of 9. While early Egyptian pharaohs married members of the local nobility to strengthen their political ties, later rulers frequently married their sisters or half-sisters to maintain the purity of the royal house. Akhenaten, King Tut's father, married his own daughters.

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    Did King Tut have any children?

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    King Tutankhamun had two daughters with his wife and half-sister Ankhesenamun. Both daughters were stillborn.

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    Why was King Tut so important?

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    King Tutankhamun is most important because of the quality and quantity of artifacts found within his tomb. King Tutankhamun's reign is not known as particularly important. The reign of King Tutankhamun centered mostly around reinstating the gods and building structures.

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