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« Reply #135 on: March 16, 2008, 12:00:07 pm »

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the Egyptians hated his god and loathed his rule, and such knowledge must have, more or less, affected the health of a man of his physique and character.

During the earlier years of his reign painters and sculptors gave him the conventional form of an Egyptian king, but later he is represented in an entirely different manner.

He had naturally a long nose and chin and thick, protruding lips, and he was somewhat round-shouldered, and had a long slim body, and he must have had some deformity of knees and thighs.

On the bas-reliefs and in the paintings all these physical characteristics are exaggerated, and the figures of the king are undignified caricatures. 1

But these must have been made with the king's knowledge and approval, and must be faithful representations of him as he appeared to those who made them.

In other words, they are examples of the realism in art (which he so strongly inculcated in the sculptors and artists who claimed to be his pupils) applied to himself.

History is silent as to the last years of his reign, but the facts now known suggest that, over-
whelmed by troubles at home and abroad, and knowing that he had no son to succeed him, and
that he had failed to make the cult of Aten the national religion, his proud and ardent spirit collaps-
ed and, with it, his health and that he became a man of sorrow.

Feeling his end to be near, he appointed as co-regent Sakara tcheser-kheperu, who had married
his eldest
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