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Akhenaton. Visionary or Tyrant???. Visionary. Tyrant. Someone who is characterized by new ideas. An oppressive, harsh, ruler who governs without restrictions. Depictions of Family in Egyptian Art. Akhenaton, his Wife Nefertiti and Three daughters. Statue of Nykara and His Family.

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Akhenaton

Visionary or Tyrant???


Visionary

Tyrant

Someone who is characterized by new ideas

An oppressive, harsh, ruler who governs without restrictions


Depictions of Family in Egyptian Art

Akhenaton, his Wife Nefertiti and Three daughters

Statue of Nykara and His Family

Study Blue. Last modified March 2004. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Akhenaten+And+His+Family&view=detail&id=8F0757365CEA5EEB2D3B278581BC83CCF55CB40C&FORM=IDFRIR


AKHENATEN’S HYMN TO ATEN

Akhenaton

Born Amonhotep IV

Spent his reign changing Egyptian religion

Opposed the worship of Amon-Re (sun god)

Sponsored the worship of Aton

Became Akhenaton (he who serves Aton)

Aten – the Sun Disk with protruding rays that have hands

Symbol Ankh. Last modified Nov 21, 2010. http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=akhenatons+egyptian+art&view=detail&id=128828B9DDC8307929476BA03F213CD6292070F5&FORM=IDFRIR

BBC History, Ancient Egyptian Gods Gallery, Aten, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/gods_gallery_11.shtml (Feb. 29, 2012); British


Reforms

  • Closed the temples of all other gods and took their possessions (first monotheist? – not really because the people still worshipped the pharaoh)

  • Built a new capitol far north called Akhetaton (in the desert!)

  • Complete and shocking break with religious tradition!

  • Left him little time to govern – Empire suffered from neglect


Temple at Amarna

University College London, Digital Egypt for Universities, Amarna: the main temple, 2002, http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/amarna/temple.html (Feb. 29, 2012).


Wife

Metropolitan Museum, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, Relief of Nefertiti, 2012, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/61.117 (Feb. 29, 2012).


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