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Author Topic: THE GREAT ATEN  (Read 11130 times)
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« Reply #60 on: March 08, 2008, 02:50:13 pm »

Royal Titulary

During the Amarna Period, the Aten was given a Royal Titulary (as he was considered to be king
of all), with his names drawn in a cartouche.

There were two forms of this title, the first had the names of other gods, and the second later one
which was more 'singular' and referred only to the Aten himself.

The early form has Re-Horakhti who rejoices in the Horizon, in his name Shu which is the Aten.

The later form has Re, ruler of the two horizons who rejoices in the Horizon, in his name of light which
is the Aten.

Variant Vocalizations

The name as been vocalized as Aton, Atonu, Itni, Itn, and Adon.

Variant Translations

Because high relief and low relief illustrations of the Aten show it with a curved surface (see
for example the photograph illustrating this article), the late scholar Hugh Nibley insisted that
a more correct translation would be globe, orb or sphere, rather than disk. The three-dimensional
spherical shape of the Aten is even more evident when such reliefs are viewed in person, rather
than merely in photographs.

There is a possibility that Aten's three-dimensional spherical shape depicts an eye. In the other
early monotheistic religion, Zoroastrianism, the sun is called Ahura Mazda's eye.

These two theories are compatible with each other, since an eye is an orb.
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