Saturday 20/May/2023 – 08:28 AM
Amenhotep IV, one of the 18 kings of the dynasty, is the son of the king Amenhotep III And Queen T, and he ruled the country between the years 1351 and 1334 BC.
And Amenhotep IV decided, at an early stage of his reign, to separate from the prevailing religious beliefs, so he focused only on worshiping one god who was worshiped before, called the Aten, who was embodied in the apparent sun disk, and thus denied the existence of other gods, and was subjected to persecution throughout the country.-
As a result of these actions, Amenhotep IV was often referred to as the heretical king, that is, the rogue and outside the faith, and he changed his name to Akhenaten, meaning that who works for the interest of the Aten, and moved the seat of his rule to a place that was not inhabited by him, which he called Sister Aten, In the sense of the horizon of the Aten, and it is now known as Tell el-Amarna in Minya, and it gave its name to the entire period – and to its arts, and the arts were distinguished with that period as well, by their revolutionary and exaggerated depictions of the forms of the human body.-
Tell el-Amarna in Minya
Sister of the Aten is the ancient Egyptian name for what is currently known as Tell el-Amarna, which is located approximately halfway between Cairo and Luxor. Aten horizon.
He determined the Amarna area through a series of border panels that he installed, and on them he declared that he would not exceed those limits and added that if he died or his wife Nefertiti died, outside those borders, their bodies must be returned to the sister of the Aten to be buried with her, and the sister of the Aten was abandoned after His death as the seat of government, and the region remained inhabited for only a few decades, and archaeological excavations are still taking place in the region since the nineteenth century.