It was rich and confident, with soldiers and officials established in foreign countries. His motives may have been political as it meant he was able to dispense with the services of his once overly powerful priests.
However, the ancient Egyptians were a deeply religious people who loved their ancient traditions and were not ready to embrace such radical changes. A number of hymns to the Aten were composed during Akhenaten's reign and these provide a glimpse of what James Allen has described as the 'natural philosophy' of Akhenaten's religion.
He moved his capital from Thebes to a place now called Tell el-Amarna or Amarna, more than miles km north, on a desert bay on the east side of the Nile River.
Although these seem striking and strangely beautiful today, it is hard for us to appreciate the profoundly shocking effect that such representations must have had on the senses of those who first viewed them and who would never have been exposed to anything other than traditional Egyptian art.
Relief showing Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti worshipping the Aten. Everywhere the close ties between the king and god are stressed through art and text. However, within a few years there were changes.
The Hittites from the north began to make gains and this led to a general disintegration of the empire. It would not be until the Christian era that the Egyptians would finally reject the old gods in favour of a single universal deity.
Egypt was not ready to follow a single deity and the removal of gods could have been the kindling that started a whirl of resentment.
Early in his reign, the new pharaoh began to revise Egypt's religious system. The boy king of Egypt, like his father, died of mysterious causes. Akhenaten decided that the worship of the Aten required a location uncontaminated by the cults of traditional gods and to this end chose a site in Middle Egypt for a new capital city which he called Akhetaten, 'Horizon of the Aten'.
Yet most of these changes met with resistance and had to be reversed after his death. Some speculate that this could be from an inherited physical condition, which could also contribute to the elongated skulls within his family.
Many scientists believe this was done in order to show tribute to a higher power or done by entire tribes as a means of social segregation. His radical belief in monotheism was cause for alarm during his reign and later rulers of Egypt tried to omit him from the official lists of kings.
Finally, about 20, people were brought to live in the new capital. Animals and birds are shown frolicking beneath the rays of the rising sun in the decoration of the royal tomb.
Practical methods of genetics are difficult to pinpoint on a body that is more than 3, years old.
Akhenaten raised the Aten to the position of 'sole god'More than 3, years ago a man named Akhenaten rose to power to rule over Egypt during the 18th dynasty. His radical belief in monotheism was cause for alarm during his reign and later rulers of Egypt tried to omit him from the official lists of kings.
Among the ancient ruins in Amarna, Egypt, lies a giant statue of Akhenaten. It's a fitting scene for this ancient pharaoh, who ruled the kingdom between and B.C.
The son of Amenhotep III, Akhenaten attempted a cultural revolution in Egypt, only to bring it to near collapse. He instituted a.
The concept of monotheism has deep roots in Western Civilization, reaching as far back in time as the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt, well before the formation of the. Almost all of the pharoes befpore Akhenaton had believed in the old multiple god system of Egypt. But Akhenaton was the first to proclaim that Aton was the only true god and he also changed egytian art and literature.
Akhenaton was also called Amenhotep IV, he was pharaoh of Egypt from abou. Akhenaten - meaning "living spirit of Aten" - known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV (sometimes given its Greek form, Amenophis IV, and meaning Amun is Satisfied), was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in BC or BC.
Feb 17, · Akhenaten is a source of endless fascination and speculation - this often masks the fact that we actually know very little about him. Dr Kate Spence explores the enigmatic story of Egypt's.Download