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    Hello and marhaban simple peasant folk, I am King Akhenaten, originally known as Amenhotep IV. I was born in 1385 B.C. to Amenhotep III and Queen Tiyi. I was, debatably, crowned to the throne of Egypt in 1367 B.C. at the age of 18, but it was only because my older brother Thutmose, the original crown prince, was the victim of an early death (deja vu). I married Queen Nefertiti (and others), and my six daughters were the princesses Meketaten, Meritaten, Ankhesenpaten, Neferneferuaten minor, Neferneferure, and Satenpenre. Unfortunately, four of them died during my reign. As for my reign itself, it (probably) involved a co-regent for the first few years with my father─he took “Take Your Kid to Work Day” a bit too seriously. During my fifth year,…

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    The destruction of the memory of Akhenaten’s reign became law, and later pharaohs attempted to destroy any evidence of the Aten religion and Akhenaten himself. There was already random vandalism at Amarna, and some of the talaat stone had been used for other building projects, but after Tutankhamun’s death a serious, official campaign of destruction began. As described by Cyril Aldred, “Figures of Amarna royalty had been defaced in reliefs and statuary and their names expunged. Their memorials…

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    Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV was the Pharaoh of Egypt in the 18th century. He was married to Nefertiti and had six girls with her. Four of them died at a young age from an unknown disease. However, they are believed to have passed away from a plague that was going around Egypt at the time. He also had a few other wives, but they were unnamed. He ruled Egypt for seventeen years and was known as a rebel king because he made some of the biggest changes in all of Egyptian history.…

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    controversy. Though it was only a momentary revolution, it was believed to have had great impacts on Egypt’s society, or civilization. To be specific, I am talking about the revolution of Akhenaten; the individualistic legendary Egyptian Pharaoh, who arguably introduced the idea of monotheistic religion to humanity. The very fact that Akhenaten’s revolution is viewed as an interesting era in Egyptian history, and also because a huge amount of effort was put in order to eradicate this era from…

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    It is indisputable that, although considerable developments were made by Akhenaten during his time, his reign must be considered a predominant failure; his overall contribution was poor as much of what he achieved in regards to religion, architecture and art was destroyed and reversed following his death. As Freud (1955) states, Akhenaton 's memory was “scorned as that of a felon” and his contributions were diminished by his successors following his death. He additionally failed to adequately…

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    whether this was an actual physical change in his appearance or whether it was just a literary or symbolic depiction of him. Many depict the actual appearance of Akhenaten to be quite feminine and often times androgynous (Ismail). While this was somewhat common in Ancient Egyptian culture, Akhenaten’s case was extremely exaggerated when compared to the other examples that were found within the history of Egypt. This was extremely interesting due to the fact that this was a specific case that was…

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    Akhenaten Religious System

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    During the 18th dynasty, Egypt experienced a radical shift in religion, politics, and art under the reign of the pharaoh Akhenaten. While his rule only lasted from the early 1350’s BCE to around 1334 BCE, Akhenaten is well known for abandoning the polytheism in favor of worship of Aten, a deity represented as a solar disk. He is therefore credited for introducing a quasi-monotheistic system in Egypt, although many argue that Akhenaten acknowledged all gods but only actively worshipped Aten. This…

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    Akhenaten, the son of Amenhotep III, was an Egyptian king of the 18th Dynasty who brought many cultural reforms to Egypt during his reign. It is generally thought that Akhenaten acted through his reign without any precedent or foreshadowing. However, it has also been speculated that he may have drawn his ideas from the rule of his father. Akhenaten, with his revolutionary focus on Aten and being the first Egyptian king to truly embrace monotheism coupled with henotheism, revealed the importance…

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    How Akhenaten radically altered artistic representations of royalty to influence the social order during the Amarna period. Physical art forms and the written word that may accompany them are the result of a society or individual representing itself in a controlled manner. It is for that reason that, in looking at how Akhenaten changed the Egyptian social order during the Amarna period, I will be focusing particularly on his changes to artistic representations of the royal family, and how they…

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    I chose Nefertiti because she is one of the most powerful women in ancient history. She was the Great Royal Wife of the Pharaoh, Akhenaten, and therefore queen. As most pharaoh's had many wives, only the Great Royal Wife or chief consort was queen. It was the children of the Great Royal Wife whom inherited the throne, as well. She and her husband left a rather large mark on Egyptian history and Culture even changing the religion and capital of Egypt. Transforming the polytheistic religion into a…

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