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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have to agree with anneke, and her listing of the family line leading to Akhenaten reminds us that incest was not as widespread among the royals as many people seem to think. Bear in mind that the ruling families from one line to the next were often not at all related, so even for those families that did practice incest, there would not have been sufficient corruption of the gene pool to produce much in the way of congenital birth defects. For the most part the royals suffered the same sorts of diseases the commoners did--nothing out of the ordinary.

Though it seems Akhenaten himself probably did practice incest with two of his daughters. That is not a 100% certainty, but several pharaohs did wed daughters and have children with them.

I've also read that Akhenaten was a tyrant. That's more plausible, given what had to have happened when many of the traditional temples were shuttered and the old religion wiped away. To many of his own people he must have seemed tyrannical.
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