Ankhesenpaaten was the third oldest daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Meritaten and Meketaten were older. She may have born a child, Ankhesenpaaten ta-sherit, to Akhenaten, and she may have married Smenkhare after Meritaten died. However, she is best known after she changed her name to Ankhesenamun and married Tutankhamun. Two stillborn children, probably hers, were found buried in Tutankhamunís tomb.

Ankhesenamun may have been the widowed queen with no sons who wrote a letter to Suppililiumas asking him to send a son for her to marry because the queen didnít want to marry one of her own subjects. Suppililiumas sent a son, Zannanza, who was killed or died before reaching the queen. We donít know for sure who the queen was because she didnít give her name, only her title. Besides Ankhesenamun, Nefertiti could have sent the letter, but there were male heirs when Akhenaten died, while their were none when Ankhesenamun was widowed. If she was the one who wrote the letter, she ended up having to marry her grandfather Ay before disappearing into history.


Aldred, Cyril. (1988). Akhenaten: King of Egypt. New York: Thames and London Ltd.