AKHENATEN 1350-1334 BC.


The first monotheist in history? When Akhenaten came to power in 1350 B.C. he tried to change Egypt’s religious beliefs from Polytheistic to Monotheistic. Traditionally, Egyptians worshipped many gods and goddesses. It was Akhenaten’s sudden change of direction, art style and religious beliefs that sealed his fate.

He felt so strongly in the worship of the sun god Aten, that he moved the Egyptian capital to Akhhetaten (named after himself and the god he worshipped)

The extreme tangent wasn’t widely accepted and before his new capital could be finished he died. It was left unfinished and his name was struck from the king lists, his temples razed to the ground and his cult was all but demolished.

It wasn’t until modern times that Akhenaten’s existence was rediscovered. He was labelled a heretic in his own time and was almost completely lost to history. The act of Damnatio Memoriae after his death wasn’t enough to erase his existence completely.

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