"Akhenaten" Essays and Research Papers

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Akhenaten In Akhenaten: Dweller in Truth, Naguib Mahfouz writes about a young man named Meriamun, who seeks a true and accurate record of the events surrounding the exile and death of the “heretic pharaoh.” He accomplishes this by interviewing all of Akhenaten’s living contemporaries, friends, and political figures. The effect on the reader through this method is the reading of a story through fourteen different points of view. This type of narration almost makes the book a mystery novel, a who-done-it...

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Akhenaten essay

Akhenaten is often not credited as being one of the great pharaoh’s of ancient Egypt; his name is not as recognized as his son, Tutankhamen. However he deserves acknowledged for being a revolutionary leader. Akhenaten is most well-known as being a spiritual enthusiast and instigator of revolution within the kingdom of Egypt. Many historians have recognized Akhenaten with being solely responsible for developing a religious revolution in Egypt. Nevertheless his struggles defined as the first true effort...

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The Origins of Akhenaten

The Origins of Akhenaten There is much that is known about Akhenaten the heretic pharaoh. More lies in speculation. Since his time, the Amarna period is one the ancient Egyptians themselves wished to forget much about Akhenaten remains unknown. What we do know is often confusing, different hypothesis piled upon each other make it difficult to distinguish what is fact and what speculation. We do know that Akhenaten, or Amenhotep IV, was the second son of Amenhotep III, an 18th Dynasty pharaoh...

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Statue of Akhenaten

 Statue of Akhenaten Statues come in many different forms, sizes, styles, and reasons. After watching our online video and I saw a statue from “The New Kingdom” of the infamous Pharaoh Akhenaten. I was intrigued by the unusual features of this statue. They were unlike the traditional features on a statue I am accustomed to. My research was to find out a little more about this Pharaoh and why he was featured so radically different from the typical statues I was accustomed seeing from ancient times...

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Akhenaten and Religion

Why did Akhenaten overthrow the traditional Egyptian religion in favor of a monotheistic religion? The "heretic king" Akhenaten "Beneficial for Aten" was born Amenhophis IV "Amun is satisfied". (Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Volume I, pg 49) By the time he was seated as pharaoh in 1350 BCE there was already growing tension between the priesthood of Amun and his father Amenhophis III. "The power of the priesthood of Amun was threatening the traditional kingship," (Handout, The Legacy...

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The Art of Akhenaten - Paper

The Art of Akhenaten A Formal Analysis of House Shrine and Akhenaten Making Offerings The Art of Akhenaten A Formal Analysis of House Shrine and Akhenaten Making Offerings          One of the most enigmatic pharaohs of Egyptian history, Amenhotep IV, had grown up in the most powerful family in ancient Egypt. Once he became pharaoh and ruler of Egypt’s empire in 1378 BCE, he changed his name to Akhenaten...

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The Counter Culture and Akhenaten

Casey Cohen Leanne D’Antoni Art and Knowledge 345-101-MQ, Section 00027 November 22nd 2012 The Counter Culture in the Time of Akhenaten The art of Akhenaten’s period represented a fashion of alienation and art of the counter culture. It can easily be contrasted to the art of the new kingdom before the Eighteenth Dynasty. When Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti created this new empire, they changed tradition, however more importantly they changed the style of the art. Together they were...

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Akhenaten and the Hymn of Aten

History 121- Professor Byczkiewicz First Response Paper: Akhenaten and the Hymn of Aten Akhenaten; Radical success or dismal failure? Formerly known as Amenhotep the IV, he grew up in the most powerful family on earth. His father Amenhotep III died leaving a reign of peace and prosperity in the hands of his son. His son was a King of radical change. He changed many customary ideas of ancient Egypt like art for example. Akhenaten celebrated the vibrancy of the real world and taught his people...

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Explain Why Akhenaten Moved His Capital to Amarna

Historians' views as to why Akhenaten moved his capital to Amarna are distinctly contrasted, and the suggestions are numerous. These include three predominant theories promoted by various historians with divergent views of Akhenaten. These theories are all conceptually based on the concept of Akhenaten using Amarna to develop his religious ideals. Firstly, it is believed that having his revolutionary religious reforms reached their goals; Akhenaten employed the city of Amarna as an escape from Amun...

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What Were the Radical Changes That King Akhenaten Made?

What were the radical changes that King Akhenaten made? Introduction Akhenaten was known as a “heretic” pharaoh due to the radical changes he made during his reign as an Egyptian pharaoh. The people of Egypt had been worshipping many different deities all the time and Akhenaten was the first pharaoh to break the tradition by introducing monotheism, which was the worship to only one god. Other than reforming the religious beliefs, he also introduced arts of different styles to worship the Sun god...

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