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Akhenaten

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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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For the record, the plays are: Black Coffee, And Then There Were None, Appointment with Death, Murder on the Nile, The Hollow, Witness for the Prosecution, Spider's Web, A Daughter's a Daughter, Verdict, The Unexpected Guest, Go Back for Murder, Fiddlers Three, Rule of Three, The Patient, The Rats, Afternoon at the Seaside, The Yellow Iris, Three Blind Mice, Personal Call, Butter in a Lordly Dish, Akhnaton, The Wasp's Nest, Towards Zero and, of course, The Mousetrap.
In this connection, Immanuel Velikovsky identified, in a documented manner, this classical dramatic character of Antigone (who played two distinct roles) with Meritaten (who entombed her dead half-brother Smenkhkare and was imprisoned in a pit tomb for doing this) and Beketaten (who went in exile with her father)--both being the daughters of Amenhotep IV, known also as Akhnaton. (Velikovsky 1980: 156, 169)
In this equation, Tutankhamen is identified with Eteocles, and Smenkhkare (Tutankhamen's brother or half-brother, both sons of Akhnaton) with Polyneices--both Egyptian princes having been killed at the same time and while still very young (Tutankhamen at 17 or 18, Smenkhkare at 23; the latter's consort was Meritaten, his half-sister) (Velikovsky 1980: 142ff).
Velikovsky identified Jocasta with Queen Tiy, and Oedipus himself with Amenhotep IV/ Akhnaton (a possible etymological root of oedip in the Egyptian hotep was also indicated; cf.
Aye had after all been Tutankhamun's eminence grise , the power behind the throne and he had ruled Egypt in this guise for years as he would rule it again before being toppledin t urn by Horemheb, a military man who would finally attempt to erase from sight all trace of Tutankhamun, his father Akhnaton and Aye.
Tutankhamun (as Akhnaton's son) would have inherited all this turmoil and therefore stood on marshy ground at risk from assassins.