Meritaten

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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 the year following 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. There is also evidence to support that Meritaten was married to her father at some stage (after the displacment or death of Nefertiti).

Meritaten had a daughter, Meritaten Tasherit ("Meritaten the Younger".)

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