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A majestic sculpture of Pharaoh Akhenaten under the sun disc of Aten. Source:  y EOL STUDIOS /Adobe Stock

How Akhenaten Demolished Centuries of Egyptian Tradition (Video)


In the historical upheaval orchestrated by Pharaoh Akhenaten, the once polytheistic tapestry of Egyptian beliefs unraveled. Akhenaten, a radical monarch, discarded centuries-old traditions by forsaking the pantheon of gods, declaring a singular devotion to the radiant Sun, referred to as the Aten. This seismic shift in religious ideology, though met with resistance, found a steadfast ally in Akhenaten's queen, Nefertiti. Amid the cultural upheaval, Nefertiti assumed a pivotal role, partnering with the pharaoh to become the intermediary between the people and the solitary Sun God.

Together, they supplanted the erstwhile divine entities, reshaping the narrative of creation. Nefertiti, once obscured by time, emerged as a symbol of this transformative era, immortalized in the rediscovered bust that revitalized her place in history after three millennia of obscurity. The intricate dance of power and spirituality between Akhenaten and Nefertiti echoes through the cliffs of Amarna, where their joint image, riding in chariots beneath the radiant Aten, stands as an enduring emblem of the revolutionary epoch that shattered the old Egyptian order.

Top image: A majestic sculpture of Pharaoh Akhenaten under the sun disc of Aten. Source: y EOL STUDIOS /Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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