Akhenaten Ancient History

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Akhenaten was an 18th Dynasty Pharaoh. He was the proposed son of Amenhotep III and Tiye. Amenhotep wasn’t like normal people of Egypt, as he was portrayed to be deformed.

. Queen Tiye who then chose Akhenaten to take the throne and he became Pharaoh. During his reign as Pharaoh, Akhenaten became very controversial. Akhenaten had changed centuries and dynasties of belief and religion and the way all Egyptians had been living

Akhenaten also changed religion. He changed how they worship gods and whom they pray to. Before his reign as pharaoh, Egyptians had prayed to many gods as their religion was a polytheistic and prayed to a god for everything. As Akhenaten took power, he changed the religion through which god they pray to

The Aten was the sun disc and was prayed to as you see the sun everyday. Akhenaten was labeled the heretic pharaoh. He was named supposedly Amenhotep IV and changed it to Akhenaten to represent the god. He changed the capital city to Akhentaten, which meant “horizon of the Aten.”

The Pharaoh and his family were to worship Aten, while the remainder of the population was to worship the Pharaoh as his representation of Aten. This shows the importance and impact of Aten upon the Egyptians, as after Akhenaten came to power Aten was the only god, which they prayed to

The Aten was the sun disc, and was always seen in the sky, which was why Akhenaten changed it so they pray to one god. When he changed his name from Amenhotep IV to Akhenaten, he also said that you must pray to the sun disc through me

The nature of the new religion was that it became a monotheistic religion with a proposed god and an icon to pray to. This icon was Akhenaten and all prayers were through him and the god was Aten the sun disc. Many historians may come to the conclusion of Akhenaten’s change in religion may be from his childhood neglection from his family and people around him

With all this attention towards him, Akhenaten then focused on importance of...
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