What is Akhenaten?

  • (noun): Early ruler of Egypt who rejected the old gods and replaced them with sun worship (died in 1358 BC).
    Synonyms: Akhenaton, Ikhanaton, Amenhotep IV


Akhenaten ( /ˌɑːkəˈnɑːtən/; also spelled Echnaton, Akhenaton, Ikhnaton, and Khuenaten; meaning "living spirit of Aten") known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV (sometimes given its Greek form, Amenophis IV, and meaning Amun is Satisfied), was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC. He is especially noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten, which is sometimes described as monotheistic or henotheistic. An early inscription likens the Aten to the sun as compared to stars, and later official language avoids calling the Aten a god, giving the solar deity a status above mere gods.

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Akhenaten - In The Arts - Other
1+2 (1950), adventure story in which the mystery of Akhenaten provides much of the background ... woodcut prints and book recreates the story of Akhenaten as a Wild West tale ...
Tomb Of Meryra - Tomb Decorations
... of Meryra’s tomb were done in a new artistic style instituted under Akhenaten ... in the tomb of Meryra, or the other tombs of Amarna, which instead focused almost exclusively on Akhenaten and worship of the Aten ... are decidedly centered upon praising Akhenaten, and Meryra himself only appears marginally, sometimes indistinguishable from other minor figures carved in the relief ...
Amarna Succession
... upon, due to the nature of the Amarna Period and the reign of Akhenaten and his successors and possible co-regents ... It is known that Akhenaten reigned for seventeen years, and it was prebiously believed that in the last 3 or 4 years, he had two co-regents Smenkhkare, who was possibly his brother or son, and Neferneferuaten ... long, for Tutankhamun succeeded not long after Akhenaten's death ...
Tomb Of Meryra - Tomb Layout
... After the death of Akhenaten, depictions of his rule and religion were destroyed because they were considered to be heretical ... In Meryra’s tomb, Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s features have been consistently erased ... itself shows Meryre offering prayers to the Akhenaten, and the cartouches of the king, Nefertiti and the Aten ...
Coregency Stela
... dates from the late Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and shows the figures of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and Meritaten ... out and was replaced with Ankhkheperure Neferneferuaten, the name of Akhenaten's co-regent ... same time Meritaten's name was replaced with that of Ankhesenpaaten, Akhenaten and Nefertiti's third daughter ...