In ancient Egypt, the king was called "The Living Horus," after the falcon-headed god of kingship. His son and heir apparent was called "The Horus-in-the-Nest." His dead father was called the Osiris, after Horus's own father. Horus was married to the goddess Hathor, so the Great King's Wife, the queen, took on that role. You may know the king of Egypt by another name-the pharaoh. This word actually means "Great House," or "per-aha" in ancient Egyptian.
Added by Upcoming Robot on December 17, 2009