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  • Akhenaten Contribution To Egyptian Architecture

    As Dorman (2015) confirms, architectural developments which occurred at this time revolved around the Pharaoh’s radical religious reforms; this is visible particularly within his most extensive building program, which involved abandoning Thebes, Egypt’s capital city, and constructing a new one called Akhetaten - or the “Horizon of Aten” - on a virgin desert site. According to the Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten, his primary intention was to create a centre where his religion could flourish, separate from the established cults at Thebes. New building innovations and techniques emerged from Akhenaten’s projects; structures - especially at Akhetaten - began to be made with ‘talatat’, small blocks which made it easier to construct buildings within a shorter time span than the traditional large sandstone slabs used. The new central city, as Dunn (2015) pointedly identifies, was atypical also due to its carefully planned, programmatic layout and isolated location. However, as with Akhenaten’s religion, most infrastructure built during his reign was destroyed or forgotten soon after…

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  • The Hymn To The Aten Analysis

    The Hymn to the Aten is a poem written by pharaoh Amenhotep IV who, around 1346 BC in Egypt, created a monotheistic kingdom worshipping the god Aten, god of the sun disk. Amenhotep’s poem is one of praise for Aten as he claims that the god has created life for all and everything that exists on Earth, making him superior to all the other gods. The sun is a very powerful object as it not only provides light to the world but it is also a mean of survival. It appears odd that ruler Amenhotep would…

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  • Analysis: The Great Temple Of Aten

    quickly as possible, the mud and brick construction worked rather well for a hasty construction. The Great Temple of Aten was made to follow a new cult of Aten, the Sun disk, a small division from Ra the sun god. The temple was located right along the wall separating the public from the royal family. This was done to minimize travel from the palace to the most visited place in the city. There is also a small Aten palace which was used for lesser religious practices and more daily, without the…

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  • Akhenaten Influence On Egypt

    Some say that he actually shared the position with his father for a few years, but there is not enough evidence proving it. In the first three to five years of his Kingship, he changed the main God, the capital, his name and art form. His reasons for changing the god from Amon to Aten were because he received a vision from Aten showing him a sun disc between two mountains. He felt that the God was guiding him to make this vast change. He believes that the God, Aten, was the Sun disc. He then…

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  • How Did Akhenaten Change Egypt

    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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  • Akhenaten Impact On Egyptian Society

    The time-frame during which Akhenaten dominated as king, Pharaoh and representative of Aten was the corner stones of developing non secular concepts. Throughout Akhenaten’s reign, within the Amarna era, cities were enraptured and creative work and magnificence modified. However, just what makes this era so revolutionary is that the truth of those forceful changes befell in such a brief period of your time. Akhenaten has actually affected the Egyptian tradition and therefore the overall Egyptian…

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  • Egyptian Art History

    king and his queen started building temples and gradually yet secretly, the people of Egypt started to despise them. Most artwork during this time were solely based on the royal family. In many of the reliefs that I have observed whether the Pharaoh was with his wife or his daughters, most of these reliefs shows damage to the Pharaohs face or Queen Nefertiti’s face. Making the country monotheistic and utilizing all the riches to keep within the family and build more temples, rather than spread…

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  • Causes Of Destruction Of Akhenaten

    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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  • Nefertiti Research Paper

    The Great Royal Queen Nefertiti is one of the most notable queens of Egyptian history. Not only was she known throughout the land for her beauty, but also for the elevated status she held as Queen. Together with her husband, the Pharaoh Akhenaten, they became most known for establishing a revolutionary change in their religion, when they moved Egypt into the direction of monotheism of the sun disc, Aten. This conversion also influenced a change in art style, as the discovery of Nefertiti’s…

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  • The Effect Of Akhenaten On The Egyptian Social Order During The Amarna Period

    private worship of some sort (Kemp 1989, 282). It shows the Pharaoh Akhenaten, along with Nefertiti, facing one another and enjoying the company of three of their children – Akhenaten is even shown to be kissing the eldest child. This picture of the royal couple as members of a loving and doting family, used as an image worthy of veneration, is evidence to further support the agenda that these artistic changes would have supported, which I discussed at the beginning of this piece. Akhenaten has…

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