Colossus of Akhenaten

Amenhotep IV is better known as Akhenaten, the new name he took about 4 years into his reign. Despite ruling a society that prided itself on maintaining traditions and stability, Ahkenaten brought about drastic changes to the religion and government of Ancient Egypt.

Akhenaten brought about the rise of monotheism in Egypt. Monotheism is the belief in the existence of one god or in the oneness of God. Akhenaten abolished the worship of the Egyptian pantheon of gods, raising his new god Aten to pre-eminent status. Aten was described as the creative force in the universe.

During Akhenaten’s reign the style of art also drastically changed. Previously pharaohs were depicted as a perfect human specimen, Akhenaten was depicted with a thin waist, wide hips, and unusual facial features.

BC 1380
BC 1334

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