n South African Medical Journal - Akhenaten's mystery remains : correspondence

Volume 101, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



To the Editor: An unsolved mystery in the history of ancient Egypt is whether or not a familial disease was present among royal members of the 18th dynasty of the New Kingdom, which ruled from the mid- 16th to the early 11th centuries BC. The notion of a genetic disorder within this royal family originates mainly from sculptures and reliefs of Akhenaten and his family, which depict an elongated head, face and extremities, and undeveloped thorax with gynaecomastia.

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