the end of The reign of Tutankhamun is not much better documented than the beginning. What is certain is that Tutankhamen did not die of old age. When one dies at seventeen or eighteen years of age, the causes are limited to: illness, accident or assassination.

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The murder by trauma must, it seems, be rejected: “no mark of injury voluntary lethal has been identified. If the poison could be envisaged, one has for the moment found no trace. Remain, therefore, the accident or illness, the two can be related.

For pathologies, we have plenty of choice. The literature on the conditions which would have suffered Tutankhamun is impressive and disturbing picture. We find jumble: clubfoot, a disease of Kohler, cyphoscoliose, malaria, which are diseases are debilitating but not life-threatening. As the main causes and secondary deaths have been discussed: the plague – we know that a pandemic was widespread at the time in the Near East-disease, Klinefelter and/or Wilson’s disease, meningioma, sickle cell disease and/or Gaucher disease, tuberculosis, Marfan syndrome and, finally, epilepsy. Difficult to say that all of these diagnostics are the work of good doctors ; this is in contrast, it is certain that Tutankhamun is an excellent patient.

A collision with a hippopotamus?

one of The proposals the most recent is nevertheless quite convincing: the king would have had the femur fractured at the height of the knee, which would have caused a bone infection and then sepsis, fatal on a body frail. As to what caused the fracture, the possibilities of an accident in ancient Egypt are countless, without having to ramble on a death in combat, an accident of char, a shot of a horse’s hoof, or even a collision with a hippopotamus as it has sometimes been suggested.

After all, Charles VIII is well died accidentally on April 7, 1498, after having just struck the head a low lintel of the castle of Amboise…

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Tutankhamun – the treasure of The Pharaoh

On the occasion of the splendid exhibition to the Grande Halle de la Villette (which sees the treasure leave Egypt for the last time before joining the collections of the Grand Egyptian Museum), Le Figaro Hors-série focuses on the figure of gorgeous, this pharaoh juvenile. The best egyptologists penetrate the buried secrets of his existence, backed up by the most beautiful photographs of her treasure: the story of her life, virtual tour of the exhibition, presentation and deciphering of the sublime objects of his tomb, analysis of geopolitical context, a report by Egypt on its traces, and from Luxor to Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, the discovery of the Grand Egyptian Museum currently under construction in Cairo… He had ruled, there are more than three thousand years, on the civilization the most powerful in the mediterranean region. He was sitting on a throne of glory much too large for him. It is, however, in front of his traits of gold that humanity is a joy.

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