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THE GREAT ATEN

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« Reply #135 on: March 16, 2008, 12:06:52 pm »









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interesting, for he was, of course, one of the "gods" whom Amenhetep IV at a later period of his
life wished to abolish.

Can this inscription represent an attempt to assimilate an indigenous Sudani Thunder-god with Aten?

The writer of one of the Tall al-'Amarnah Letters quoted above (p. 101) speaks of the Thundering of Amenhetep IV, and says that when he thunders all the people quake with fear.

From this it seems that some phase of Aten was associated in the minds of foreigners with the Thunder-god, but there is no evidence to show who that god was.

The facts known about the life and reign of Aakhunaten seem to me to prove that from first to last
he was a religious fanatic, intolerant, arrogant and obstinate, but earnest and sincere in his seeking after God and in his attempts to make Aten the national god of Egypt.

Modern writers describe him as a "reformer," but he reformed nothing.

He tried to force the worship of "Horus of the Two Horizons in his name of Shu (i.e., Heat) who is in the Aten" upon his people and failed.

When he found that his subjects refused to accept his personal views about an old, perhaps the oldest, solar god, whose cult had been dead for centuries, he abandoned the capital of his great
and warlike ancestors in disgust, and like a spoilt child, which no doubt he was, he withdrew to a
new city of his own making.

Like all such religious megalomaniacs, so long as he could satisfy his own peculiar aspirations and gratify his wishes, no matter at what cost, he was content.

Usually the harm which such men do is limited in character and extent, but he, being a king, was
able to inflict untold misery on his country during the seventeen years of his reign.

He spent the revenues of his country on the cult of his god and, in satisfying
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