Friday – Pharaoh of the Sun: Akhenaten, Amarna, and Monotheism in Ancient Egypt
9/9 @ 11:00 AM/CH
Instructor: Stephen “Dr. Steve” Phillips, Ph.D.
An ancient Egyptian king, Amenhotep IV, changed his name to Akhenaten (“Effective for Aten”) in the seventh year of his reign. He soon declared that Egyptians would abandon the traditional worship of a pantheon of hundreds of gods and goddesses and focus instead on single deity, the Aten, represented symbolically by the sun itself.
A religious tradition spanning several thousand years was upended – temples were closed, priests became unemployed, a new capital city was built, and even traditional art forms were reinterpreted. Some scholars credit Akhenaten with being the man who founded the world’s first monotheistic religion. Is this true?
This lecture illuminates the world of ancient Egypt’s pharaoh of the Sun, Akhenaten, who is also likely to have been the father of Tutankhamun.