Akhenaten


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Akhenaten

, Akhenaton
original name Amenhotep IV. died ?1358 bc, king of Egypt, of the 18th dynasty; he moved his capital from Thebes to Tell El Amarna and introduced the cult of Aten
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Various possibilities are considered for the identity of Nibhururiya, and for his interpretation Stavi finds it more likely that this king was either Akhenaten or Smenkhare.
DNA evidence has shown that Akhenaten was Tutankhamun's father, but Egyptologists do not agree on the identity of his mother.
It was Akhenaten, though, who was one of the first to attempt to cleanse the prevailing culture of its monuments to the past.
However it was Akhenaten's sister who gave the kingdom its heir Tutankhamen.
Other experts have claimed Nefertiti, the wife and chief consort of King Akhenaten, was the boy's mum and also a cousin of the king.
Critique: "From Akhenaten to Moses: Ancient Egypt and Religious Change" is a seminal work of truly impressive scholarship.
She said that Tutankhamun could have been trying to undo the changes brought by Akhenaten, and return Egypt back to its traditional religion with its mix of gods.
Invited by the ROM's Friends of Ancient Egypt (FAE) in cooperation with Toronto's Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities (SSEA), Kemp presented City of the Sun God: Amarna and its rulers, Akhenaten and Nefertiti on Thursday, September 19 in the Eaton Theatre.
Scholars' speculation has worked on overdrive here, ranging from suggestions that Akhenaten suffered from different illnesses to the idea that the exaggerated artistic style is thought to have a religious significance.
The truth is that in the fifth year of his reign, Akhnaten moved his court from Thebes, for centuries the seat of pharaonic power, to the newly built Akhetaten, halfway down the Nile the Tell el Amarna of Barry Kemp''s book (The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti - Amarna and its people) where he drifted into megalomania, declining to listen to any opinion but his own, and approving of sculptured bas reliefs, which show the golden disc of Aten, reaching down to him and his queen, in a strikingly haunting concept, with each beam of light ending in a miniature human hand.
In the sculpture garden on the second floor of Berlin's Neues Museum is a full length depiction of Akhenaten, the Egyptian sun king, with, what Thomas Mann described as his chicken legs held firmly shut and his arms--which look as if they may have been holding something--missing.
"The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People" is a study of these ruins recently uncovered in Egypt after over three thousand years undisturbed.