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God's Father to God

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163043.003.0007
God's Father to God

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Ay is one of the prominent figures of the late Eighteenth Dynasty. He appears in the records of Akhenaten's reign. His tomb at Amarna gives him the title Fan Bearer on the Right Hand of the King, but the most widely used in his titles is the God's Father and this title makes him unique at the courts of Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. At Amarna he seems to have been known simply as The God's Father par excellence based on the three ostraca that refer to orders being given by this so-titled individual. This title is not just a contraction of the priestly title of “God's Father of [GOD],” but rather a version of a title that goes back to the Old Kingdom. One bearer of this title was Tutankhamuns's tutor, Sennedjem.

Keywords: Ay; Old Kingdom; Amarna; tomb; Tutankhamun; Akhenaten; Sennedjem; God's Father

Chapter.  4461 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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