| Ay |
|Date(s)||1323-1319 BCE or 1327-1323 BCE|
|Location||Valley of the Kings|
Ay (Aye) is a pharaoh from the 18th dynasty. Though not much is known about Ay he was believed to have reigned 1323-1319 BCE or 1327-1323 BCE. After the death of Ay, Horemheb took the throne. It is believed that during his reign, Horemheb started to deface and erase anything related to his predecessors Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and Ay.
The mummy of Ay has not yet been located and the whereabouts of it still remain unknown. People believe this is because during Horemheb's reign he took the mummy of Ay and destroyed it believing it would eliminate the chance of Ay getting into the afterlife.
Not much is known of Ay's history and his reign since most things related to Ay have been vandalized and tampered with. Also since his mummy has not been located their has been no studies done on Ay.
Not much is known about Ay's family. However, there are two main theories about his family and link to the throne that historians like to believe. The first being that his parents were Yuya and Thuya, his parents never ascended the throne however they were respected officials and their daughter (Ay's sister) was Queen Tiye. If this theory were to be true he would have been Akhenaten's uncle and his link to the throne would have been through his sister. The second theory is that Ay was the father to Nefertiti and Mutnodjme. If this theory proves to be true his connection to the throne would have been through his daughter Nefertiti who married Akhenaten. Whichever theory proves to be true a popular belief of Ay is that he murdered Tutankhamun in order to gain his power.