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Virtually no phase in the history of our planet's civilisations has so many unanswered questions, and attracts so many theories, as the Egyptian 'Amarna Period' when the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten turned away from the traditional gods and embraced his one god, the Aten sun disk.

Why did he turn his back on the existing Gods and close their temples, what was the relationship between Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, and what was the real reason for the apparent massive anti-Atenist backlash that followed his death ?


Amenhotep III

Akhenaten's father, his reign saw the rise of the Aten

Memnon

Tiye

Akhenaten's mother, and a regular visitor to Akhetaten.

Akhenaten

Akhenaten

The 'Heretic Pharaoh' who turned his back on 3,000 years of state religion.

Akhenaten

Tutankhamun

An insignificant Child King, his almost intact tomb assured him of the immortality he sought.

Tutankhamun

Smenkhkare

Akhenaten's successor, one of the Amarna Period's biggest mysteries.

Horemheb Tomb Statue

Horemheb

Akhenaten's General, as Pharaoh he was credited with restoring the temples.

Smenkhkare

Ay

A high official throughout the Amarna Period, and Tutankhamun's successor as Pharaoh.

Akhenaten, Again

Nefertiti

Akhenaten's Sun Queen, one of history's most famous faces.

Kiya's Canopic Jar

Kiya

Another enigma, did she succeed Nefertiti as Queen, and was she Tutankhamun's mother.

Tutankhamun's Anubis


Talitat Wall

The Amarna Cache - Tomb KV 55

One of the most controversial finds in the Valley of the Kings

KV55 Coffin

The Talitat Wall

A monumental Amarna jigsaw puzzle

Releif from the NMS

Amarna items in the N.M.S.

A fine collection of Amarna objects in Edinburgh

Gold Jewelry

The Royal Tomb at Akhetaten

Akhenaten's eternal home.

Akhenaten Again, Again



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