Akhenaten : The Ruler Of Egypt During The Armena Period Of The 18th Dynasty

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Akhenaten, originally known as Amenhotep IV, was the ruler of Egypt during the Armena Period of the 18th Dynasty. Although he only reigned for 17 years, the changes he made to Egypt’s religion, economy and politics affected many. This made him very well known. The motives of his decisions are still relatively unsure today, however the reformation of religion had a great impact on society as it influenced so many aspects of Egyptian life. Akhenten introduced the concept of a monotheism religion, trying to focus Egypt’s worship on only one god, the Aten. Part of this religious revolution, Akhenaten built a new capitol city (called Akhetaten) dedicated to the Aten. He also wanted to lessen the power of the Amun priesthood. Akhenaten completely renovated Egyptian art. Finally he neglected his role and obligations within foreign affairs. It is believed that these changes had an overall negative effect on Egypt.

Akhenaten’s biggest negative influence on Egypt came as a result of revolutionising Egypt’s religion. He completely neglected the traditional values of Egypt and forced the worship of the sun god, the Aten. In years 3-4 of his reign, he modified the symbol of Egypt’s major god to a falcon headed man. There were strong rays illuminating from a large sun disk and an upright cobra (an ureaus). The rays finished in hands which were a symbol of life to the king. Akhenaten built temples in honour of the Aten. He then went on to build a new capital city devoted entirely to…

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