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Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV)

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(14th century BC)

Ancient Egyptian ruler (c. 1375-c. 1358 BC)

Amenhotep IV of the I8th dynasty has often been called the ‘Religious Revolutionary’ because he spent so much of his time trying to upset the established religious order in his kingdom. To break the hold the high priests had on the government, he introduced a new cult, whose followers would worship Aten, the Sun God. To show he meant his subjects to accept the new worship, he changed his name to Akenhaten, which means ‘Aten is satisfied’, and built a new capital city called Akehtaton, on whose site Tell-el-Amarna stands today.

Akhenaton is believed to have introduced the first civil service in Egypt. He was succeeded by his young son-in-law, Tutankhamen.

Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV)

Akhenaton (Amenhotep IV)