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20 Facts about Akhenaten


Akhenaten was one of ancient Egypt’s most influential and controversial pharaohs. He is considered as one of the world’s most important religious innovators. He was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty and he was the father of  Tutankhamun, husband to Queen Nefertiti.

Don’t forget to check out our article ” Akhenaten, the heretic Pharaoh” Here are some interesting facts about this controversial Pharaoh.

  1. He was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and ruled for 17 years.
  2. Akhenaten was known as the “great heretic”.
  3. Known before as Amenhotep IV, he changed his name to Akhenaten to reflect his close link with the new supreme deity.
  4. Akhenaten was married to Queen Nefertiti, one of the most famous of all ancient Egyptian women.
  5. Nefertiti was one of the most influential queens. Paintings show here conducting religious ceremonies with Akhenaten as an equal.
  6. Nefertiti’s mummy was never found. Archaeologist June Fletcher claimed she found Nefertiti’s badly-mutilated mummy in a side chamber of the Tomb of Amenhotep II in the Valley of the Kings. Most scholars are not convinced.
  7. Akhenaten elevated Nefertiti to divine status. Scholars suggest that she may have been only 12 when married to Akhenaten.
  8. Akhenaten halted foreign military campaigns and dramatically scaled down Egypt’s military defenses.
  9. He is noted for abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism and introducing worship centered on the Aten.
  10. Akhenaten claimed, “There is only one god, my father. I can approach him by day, by night.”
  11. Akhenaten could have been the first monotheist in all of history.
  12.  According to Egyptian Mythology he descended from the gods who arrived on Earth at the time of Tep Zepi.
  13. Even today people still believe that this Pharaoh did in fact come from “The Stars”.
  14. Akhenaten, upon becoming Pharaoh ordered all the, the iconography of previous gods to be removed.
  15. According to writings by Akhenaten and poems that were written about him later on, he was visited by beings that descended from the sky, these beings told Akhenaten what he needed to do and how he needed to rule over his people.
  16. Akhenaten claimed to be a direct descendant of Aten and regarded himself to be divine, he was a God, but not only did he believe himself to be a god, the whole nation worshiped him like one.
  17. Akhenaten ordered the construction of a new capital city which he called Amarna and he dedicated it to the sun.
  18. Akhenaten instituted changes in art and culture and on of the most notable changes were how he would be publicly depicted, not as a strong “untouchable” Pharaoh, but as he really was, “weak” , elongated skull, long neck, sunken eyes, thick thighs, long fingers, backward-turned knee joints a potbelly and female-like breasts.
  19. After his reign the city of  Amarna was abandoned and temples to the sun were destroyed, images of Akhenaten were deliberately defaced.
  20. In 1907, the actual body of Akhenaten was discovered in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Edward Ayrton.

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  • Richard Durkan

    What were the exact sources for the statement that Akhenaton was visited by beings from the sky? Which were the relevant writings by Akhenaten and which poems written about him later on?

    • cc

      watch ancient aliens season 1 episode 2 or something it will give you a lot of info about Akhenaten and conspiracies weather he came from stars or not

      • Uradumass

        “Watch ancient aliens”.. Please go kill yourself and reframe from asking people to watch that bullshit show for historical facts.

        • Trevor Goldsberry

          ancient aliens is the closest truth we have to ancient history. what we were taught in school is 80% bullshit. open your mind to possibilities and things might just start falling into place

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  • Just Saying

    Might want to correct your first paragraph “Akhentaen was one of ancient Egypt’s the most”
    dosent sound right.

    • AncientCodeAdmin

      thanks, typo error

  • Phil Whitley

    # 12 . ZEP TIPI (First Time)

  • Kaitlyn Smutz

    I am looking for Akhenaton

  • Bhumika T. Chopra

    I wanted to draw your attention to the actual deity who was actually being worshiped as ‘Aten’ in Ancient Egypt.

    Sun was also considered to be a representation of this Most Supreme God who was represented by the disc of light.

    Now, if we pay attention to all the religions across the world all them refer to God as light, and so were the Egyptians at this point in History.

    Christianity- Jesus said I am the Son of God and God is Light

    Islam- Khuda ka noor (The light of God)

    Hinduism- Nirakaar Paar Brahm Parmeshwar (The Formless Highest God)

    Almost all the major religions around the world worship the most supreme God in the Form of Light and that is exactly what the Egyptians are doing over here.

    In fact in India there is still a sect of spirituality called “Brahm Kumaris” who worship this very Light even today.

    This is the symbol of Light that is worshiped by these people and these people say the same thing that Light is the Supreme Most God and all Gods are a part of this light.

    Interesting fact is this sect of Brahm Kumaris has no connection with Egyptian Civilization since it was set up in 1900s when God appeared in His Light Form (picture above) to the founder of the sect and gave Him information about the past and future of this world.

    The similarity between the followers of this religious sect of Brahm Kumaris and the followers of ATEN are strikingly similar.

    I think what we are upto here is we are discovering the “History of God”.
    The same light appeared and guided Imhotep and this same light appeared and guided the founder of Brahm Kumaris and this same light is referred to by all major religions across the world as GOD.

    Please see this video as well.