Who is King Akhenaten?
King Akhenaten one of the kings in the 18th dynasty who ruled ancient Egypt from(1353 B.C-1336 B.C), his name meaning “Living spirit of Aten”, he’s also known as Amenophis IV, Akhenaton, Ikhnaton, and Khuenaten. He ruled Egypt after his father Pharaohs Amenophis III death at the end of his 38-year reign, he was the second son of Amenophis III and his wife Queen Tiyee, Akhenaten wasn’t preparing to be a successor king until the death of his older brother Thutmos.
King Akhenaten’s Life
King Akhenaten was known as Heretic king, he unified the old gods in only one god Aton (sun disk), he left his capital Thebes that supports Amun to his new city that’s made it his new capital Horizon of Aton in Modern Armarna and he order to cut the name of Amun from his temples in all of Egypt, he was ruled an empire that dominate Palestine, Phoenicia, and Nubia, he was busy with his new religious, interested in a poetry for his new god and ignored his empire and as a result, he lost some of it in Asia. He was married to Queen Nefertiti who helped him with his new religious they considered themselves to be in-between god and people, and he had many children most famous of them was Smenkhkare, Ankhesenpaaten who were Tutankhamun wife and Tutankhaten.
When Did King Akhenaten Died?
He died in 1336 B.C in his new city in the tomb of Merya II. After his death, they clear his city and all people left the city of Thebes and return to the ancient again and to Amun. The statue of King Akhenaten located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
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