Akhenaten is noted for abandoning Egypt's traditional polytheistic religion and introducing Atenism , worship centered on the sun disc Aten. The views of Egyptologists differ whether Atenism should be considered as absolute monotheism , or whether it was monolatry , syncretism , or henotheism. After his death, Akhenaten's monuments were dismantled and hidden, his statues were destroyed, and his name excluded from lists of rulers compiled by later pharaohs. Akhenaten was all but lost to history until the late 19th century discovery of Amarna , or Akhetaten, the new capital city he built for the worship of Aten. Genetic testing has determined that the man buried in KV55 was Tutankhamun's father, [19] but its identification as Akhenaten has since been questioned.

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Akhenaten: Egyptian Pharaoh, Nefertiti's Husband, Tut's Father

By Laura Taronas Harvard University. All men had been but drops of water in the great current. Ikhnaton was the first individual in history. Akhenaten became best known to modern scholars for the new religion he created that centered on the Aten.


Pharaoh Akhenaten: An Alternative View of the Heretic King

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Akhenaten, the heretic king

Amenhotep IV, also known as the Pharaoh Akhenaten, was destined to be remembered for his attempt at a religious conversion of ancient Egypt; one that saw the old gods put aside and replaced by a single god, the Aten. Akhenaten took on the might of the priesthood of Amun-Ra; and, enforced by the military, temples were closed and the names of the gods were removed from statues and inscriptions the length and breadth of the land. Akhenaten and his family were more concerned with their new religion, and left the empire unprotected and weakened — led by an ineffectual king more interested in poetry and nature rather than ruling. Statues and inscriptions depict Akhenaten and his family with long thin necks, sloping foreheads and elongated skulls , and this has led to claims that the king suffered from various disorders, or even that he was female. He was an ugly, misshapen man struggling with his own mental and physical abnormalities.


Akhenaten: The Heretic King

Akhenaten was a pharaoh of Egypt who reigned over the country for about 17 years between roughly B. In honor of the Aten, he constructed an entirely new capital at an uninhabited place, which we now call Amarna, out in the desert. Its location was chosen so that its sunrise conveyed a symbolic meaning. He notes that this capital would quickly grow to become about 4. Akhenaten, either before or shortly after he became pharaoh, would marry Nefertiti, who in some works of art is shown standing equal next to her husband. Some have even speculated that she may have become a co-, or even sole, ruler of Egypt.

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