Starting Nefertiti – Bella

This week, I started my extensive research on Nefertiti. I have been having some trouble with this chapter, because it is just about one person. There is so much to say about her and how she lived her life.  I don’t know yet how to best craft the way to present my understanding of her.  Do I locate her as wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, or Pharaoh? There are a lot of aspects to her that I could to zoom in on and elaborate on.   I began with researching Akhenaten, her husband, as well as his father. The reader needs to have some background of the family Akhenaten is coming from, as well as Nefertiti’s family.

Another struggle I am having is identifying and explaining all the different theories inside this Amarna period. There are a lot of different  scholars who argue that Nefertiti was pharaoh in her own right and some who argue that she was not. I have to account for both sides, and it is difficult to explain both. I want to accentuate the beauty and magic of Nefertiti while also making her immortal. It is my job to show and not tell her story, and try to paint a vivid enough picture for the reader.

Here is a sample I have from my Nefertiti chapter:

         Every pharaoh was viewed as divine, carrying the regal and magical bloodline of Horus. Essentially every member of every royal family in every dynasty transcended the material and mortality. They were  embodiments of nature.  Ancient Egyptian Religion was so synonymous and in touch with nature itself that to transcend Earth was to go further into nature. Akhenaten and Nefertiti, more so Nefertiti, surpassed this, and this idea of Nefertiti not just representing Godlihood but actually tying together mortality as well as this ascension through life itself will be further discussed in depth throughout this chapter.
Source for Photo:

Egyptian Museum Berlin, editor. “Nefertiti.” Society for the Promotion of the
Egyptian Museum Berlin, edited by Society for the Promotion of the Egyptian
Museum Berlin, Accessed 9 Apr.

3 thoughts on “Starting Nefertiti – Bella

  1. kevinwang11

    Hi Bella,

    It seems like you had a “fun” time sorting out the characters connected to Nefertiti and piecing together different scholarly theories about the character. I think this is exactly what’s interesting about doing research–organizing a variety of thoughts and theories and trying to form your own.

    Best of luck with your project,

  2. aliviathompson

    This sounds like a lot of work, but I’m sure it’ll pay off in the end. I really liked your line, “It is my job to show and not tell her story, and try to paint a vivid enough picture for the reader”. This shows that not only are you learning and comprehending the variety of information you’re reading, but aiming to retell it in a way that has your own artistic flair that isn’t just factually based. There’s something about this time period that seems so intriguing and magical; I’m happy to read that you’re acknowledging that through your writing.

  3. tonychenwesttown

    Hi Bella,
    It’s amazing that you are able to excavate different faces of this complex Ancient Egyptian figure. When it comes to females in ancient world history, we tend to simplify their roles, but in reality they could have different sides.

    I look forward to reading about how you tie things up in your final work!


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