Atenism

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  • Akhenaten Contribution To Egyptian Architecture

    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 address foreign policy - focusing almost solely on his internal reforms. Ultimately, Akhenaten’s contribution to Egyptian religion was a failure; his transformation of religion, while initially successful, proved too radical for the Egyptian population and was entirely reversed in the years following his death. Akhenaten was responsible for introducing his nation to the concept of ‘Atenism’, an action which, as accurately verified by Jarus (2013) resulted in the elimination of Egypt’s traditional system of worship. In his fifth reigning year, the Pharaoh proclaimed himself the “living incarnation” (Mark, 2014) of an omnipotent god called the Aten and established it as Egypt’s supreme deity, outlawing the old religion. He forced the closure of all other temples and suppressed religious practices. The Pharaoh’s close relationship with the Aten, encapsulated within Akhenaten’s “Great Hymn to Aten”, provided him with absolute power over his citizens; as the ordinary population were restricted from worshipping the deity directly, they instead worshipped the royal family. Historians including Grimal (1998) compellingly…

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  • Tale Of Sinuhe Analysis

    Uniquely, the story of Sinuhe is an ancient Egyptian poem, a narrative, possibly written circa 1875 BC during the twelfth dynasty, found on a tomb. The Egyptian story has many religious passages throughout. The poem over the course of a couple thousand years being scribed, copied and passed down from generation to generation. Furthermore, being used as a study from ancient times to the present, thus, making The Tale of Sinuhe one of the most read and admired Egyptian poems ever written.…

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  • Causes Of Destruction Of Akhenaten

    When Amarna was first discovered, archaeologists thought Akhenaten was a woman, and the only thing they could understand was that something very strange had occurred at the site they discovered. James K. Hoffmeier explains in his book that even from his discovery, Egyptologists did not agree on the true nature of Atenism; he writes: “While in recent years, there has been a tendency to consider Akhenaten's religion to be monotheistic, there have been those who reject this interpretation of the…

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  • Nefertiti's Role In Ancient Egypt

    women in ancient Egypt took their rank from their husband or father, and were often featured alongside males in these inscriptions, highlighting that full equality did not exist between these two genders (Lawless, 2010). Nefertiti conforms to these gender expectations, as she is shown as a deity only through coregent association with Akhenaten. Akhenaten, Nefertiti’s husband, enacted a religious revolution in 1350BC which was a dramatic overthrow of traditional beliefs. The religion prior…

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  • The Abuse Of Power In Macbeth By William Shakespeare

    important, and leader-like. They will probably make some excellent decisions while in authority. Then more power kicks in, and as a result it will be too much for them to handle all the stress and power, which will lead them to do psychotic and unthinkable actions. There are many clear examples of big leaders in history that collapsed in the fullness of time. One of the many ancient Pharaohs of Egypt, known as Akhenaten, ruled during the 18th dynasty of Egypt (The mid-1300s BC). He gained his…

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  • Akhenaten Religious System

    Since the city was only occupied for a short period of time and and only during Akhenaten’s reign, it serves as a sort of time capsule. This provides more confidence in the analysis of patterns obtained from the study of ancient Egypt. However, throughout the study of history, strong limitations have been found for the application of archaeology. While it is known that Akhenaten created a new social and religious system, the impacts on the economy and society at large are greatly unknown. There…

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  • Egyptian Art History

    none to the child. To me that symbolized the innocence of the child yet the distain for the Pharaoh. The child who’s the Pharaoh’s daughter looks as if she is offering a gift to the Gods as well. This relief depicts what looks like many sun rays is beaming over them. Both the king and his princess are worshipping the deity Aten. This sun god is represented by a sun disk. Based on the Brooklyn museum database, this relief is from the Amarna period. The artist of this relief is unknown, and this…

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