"Tut" reveals, for the first time on television, the story of the Egyptian Pharaoh, one of the most renowned leaders in human history. This ambitious special-event series tells the story of Tut's rise to power and his struggle to lead Egypt to glory, while his closest advisors, friends and lovers scheme for their own nefarious interests. "Tut" opens up a fascinating window into a world filled with heart-breaking romance, epic battles, political backstabbing, conspiracy, jealousy, and even murder - proving his world was not far removed from our own - and that his reign as the youngest Egyptian king played out as a real-life drama for the ages.
Boy. Rebel. King.
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Tut is believed to have died from complications following an accident that was consistent with being thrown from one chariot and being run over by another. He had serious injuries to his trunk and a compound fracture of one of his legs. MRI and CT analysis of his mummy shows the injury, which did not heal, indicating it was perimortem. DNA analysis also shows that he repeatedly suffered from the most severe type of malaria. There was coriander in his tomb, a spice used to treat fever during his time. Tut had a malformed bone in one of his feet, possibly genetic, that probably caused him to limp. He was buried with many canes that were used, as evidenced by wear. It is supposed that Tut was injured during a hunting expedition, possibly a chariot accident. Having been weakened by malaria, it is thought that he developed an infection from the broken bone and leg injury that overwhelmed him causing his death. It is possible he had internal injuries that contributed, however the hasty and poorly performed mummification process, which included a disproportunate amount of scented oils that caused decomposition. His organs, which were stored in canopic jars, were not able to provide any discernible evidence. See more
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