Akhenaten (Part 8)
Precursors to Atenism
Prior to Akhenaten’s reign, the worship of Ra had been developing in fascinating ways. From Thebes, a variety of tomb texts show us hints of pharaoh’s beliefs, explored by other people before his reign ever began.
Ancient Egyptian theology was complex, but certain trends and deities are relatively simple to grasp. There were thousands of deities, including beings like Hapy (the Nile flood), and Ma’at (the cosmic order and proper justice). Above the rest, the sun god ruled with a variety of names: Ra/Re, Horakhty, Aten, Atum, Khepri etc… are all manifestations of the same god. In this episode, we explore how Egyptians of the 18th Dynasty conceptualised and praised this mighty god, on the eve of Akhenaten’s movement….
- Date: c.1400 – 1370 BCE
- King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)
- Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten Neferet-iti)
- Location: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)
The Sun God
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