Tony said that I should blog about this. I told him all of this last night and he thought it would make a good blog. Now if only I could remember what I said… 😉
I have read that Nefertari was most likely the daughter of a noble family, because since she never claimed to be the daughter of royalty, she couldn’t have been. I have been thinking and what if they were wrong? What if Nefertari didn’t claim to be the daughter of royalty because she was related to Nefertiti? If she was related to Nefertiti, she definitely wouldn’t have wanted to acknowledge that since Nefertiti was the Chief Wife of the Heretic Pharaoh, who took away the people’s gods! The people would not have welcomed her as their queen if they knew she was related to Nefertiti. At least, that is what I think.
Also, Rameses II may have been an arrogant man, he was also a man in love. He had many wives and concubines, but he had only one woman he truly loved. Rameses not only wrote poems for his Chief Wife, Nefertari, but he also built her a temple. Outside the temple, he has two statues of himself and two of Nefertari. But what is different about this temple is that Nefertari and Rameses II are the same size. He felt that she was his equal, he insisted her be the same size as he was. Most wives, even the Chief wives were smaller than their husbands, but not Nefertari! What else would this mean except he loved her and that she was the most important person in his life? Also, he had the tomb builders make an even more beautiful and exquisite than his own. Her way to the afterlife was more important to him than his own it would seem!
It is through her tomb that we know what she looks life because tomb raiders desecrated her tomb. They left the wall intact, but her body was gone! All that has been found of her were her knees! I have seen pictures of Nefertari’s tomb and it is beautiful! I just hope that when her tomb was desecrated Rameses II was not alive. It would have broken his heart to know that his love’s soul was disturbed! It was a great love story.
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Great post… very interesting!
Interesting… I have a few questions, pardon my ignorance!
What time period / place are we talking – is this ancient Egypt or somewhere else?
You said, “What if Nefertari didn’t claim to be the daughter of royalty because she was related to Nefertiti? If she was related to Nefertiti, she definitely wouldn’t have wanted to acknowledge that since Nefertiti was the Chief Wife of the Heretic Pharaoh, who took away the people’s gods!”
Okay, at first glance, it looked as if the two Nef-names were the same, but now I see that they are different. Was that common for that time period or is that part of the coincidence? Could one have been named for the other? How old were the people in question? What sort of tangible evidence has been found to document their lives? You mentioned tombs, is there anything else?
This is very interesting, and I learned something new… thanks!
I guess I will have to try and answer your questions with my next blog! 🙂
Have you ever thought about teaching history, or becoming an archivist, or something? You really get very passionate about areas of history, and you can specialize in certain areas, if you want. You might do really well at that.
I can’t do school the rest of my life. Plus, they are cutting back on teachers.
Hmm. Being an archaeologist doesn’t work well, either; you’ll get heatstroke or something. Still, there might be a way to make a living from your love of history…