The Zananzash Affair

Aidan Dodson

in Amarna Sunset

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9789774163043
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781936190041 | DOI:
The Zananzash Affair

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After Tutankhamun's death, the queen wanted a husband to make him the successor of Tutankhamun's throne. She wrote to Shuppiluliumash to beg him to give her one of his sons, and promised to make him a king of Egypt. Shuppiluliumash wondered whether the letter was some kind of trick to deliver a Hittite prince into Egyptian hands and then to turn him into a hostage. With a doubt on the back of his mind, Shuppiluliumash sent one of their princes, Zananzash, as a response to the Egyptian queen's request. But Zananzash died without knowing the real cause of his death, and they do not even know where his death occurred. In the legal view of Hittie, Zananzash was assassinated by opposition who were against with the idea of an Egyptian court in handling the throne to a foreigner.

Keywords: Egyptian court; Tutankhamun; Zananzash; throne; Egypt; Hittite; Shuppiluliumash

Chapter.  2170 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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