Queen Tiye: Nubian Queen of Egypt and Mother of Pharoah Ankenhaten


Born:  1398 B.C. in Akhmim, Upper Egypt,

Parents: Yuya (Mother), Tjuyu ( Father); Queen Tiye was born Nubian from Nubia; she was not Egyptian.

Giant Statue of Pharoah Amenhotep (Left) Queen Tiye (Right) at second Phylon, Cairo.
Giant Statue of Pharoah Amenhotep (Left) Queen Tiye (Right)) at second Phylon, Cairo.

Siblings: Anen (Brother)

Spouse: Amenhotep III

Children: Sitamun, Isis, Henuttaneb, Nabetah, Thutmose, Amenhotep IV (Ankenhaten), Smenkhkare, Baketaten, and Tutankhamun (grandson); mother-in-law of Nefertiti

Occupation: Consort of Egypt, Great Royal Wife, and Matriarch of Armana Dynasty. Queen Tiye and her husband, Amenhotep ruled Egypt for 38 years until his death in 1353 B.C. at age 54, she was 48 year old at the time of his death.

Titles: Hereditary Princess, Great of Praises, Sweet of Love, Lady of The Two Lands, King’s Wife, Great King’s Wife, King’s Wife, his beloved, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt, and Mistress of the Two Lands

Achievements, Accomplishments, and Contributions: Queen Tiye was an highly intelligent woman and the first Queen of Egypt to weld equal power as the male rulers. From the beginning of her husband’s reign, she was the first queen to have her name on official acts, such as the king’s announcement of marriage to a foreign princess. She also was a strong domestic and foreign diplomat; directing both domestic and foreign policies. She had excellent communication skills with foreign rulers and dignitaries. They held her in high regard.She also directed the country’s administrative affairs.  She was featured prominently on her husband’s monuments and her named is written in a cartouche, like that of the king.

Quotes From Or About Queen Tiye:

The most praised, the lady of grace, sweet in her love, who fills the palace with her beauty, the Regent of the North and South, the Great Wife of the King, the lady of both lands…”- Pharaoh Amenhotep III, husband

Death: 1338 B.C. in Egypt in early sixties; the cause of death unknown.

Queen Tiye, whose husband, Amenhotep III, may have been depicted to her right in this broken statue
        Statue of Queen Tiye



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I salute this HER-story making sista!


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