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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:05 am    Post subject: The Aten Reply with quote

I found this summary and thought it was very good for begginers

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Aten
by Micha F. Lindemans
The name of the visible solar disc in ancient Egypt. Originally a manifestation of the sun god, Aten (Aton) became the only true sun god during the reign of pharaoh Amenhotep IV (1367 - 1350 BCE). The sun gods Re and Atum lost much of their importance during this period. In some of the older sources, it is stated that Amenhotep, who later assumed the name Akhenaten, attempted to establish a monotheistic cult with Aten as the sole deity and that after his death Egypt returned to polytheism. However, Akhenaten held other deities in reverence too, and his Atenism was not entirely monotheism. He did build the city Akhetaten (modern Tel el-Amarna) and erected a huge Aten temple at Karnak, but the city was abandoned after his death and the temple of Aten was destroyed by his successors.

Aten was depicted as a radiant solar disc with rays ending in hands holding the ankh symbols or in hands of blessing over the king and his family, but also as a winged sun disc. This disc was also subtended by the cobra amulet, the uraeus. The main sanctuaries of Aten were in Thebes, Akhetaten, and Heliopolis.


http://www.pantheon.org/articles/a/aten.html

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 2:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short and sweet. Thank you. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just Aten(Aton)!

NOT "the" Aten!

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Great_Hymn_to_Aten

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Just Aten(Aton)!

NOT "the" Aten!

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Great_Hymn_to_Aten


I was making it grammatically correct in the english language. (LOL big words)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also

I found that the "Great Hymn to the Aten" was a good read, so thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considerably shorter than my 4,500 word thesis Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ankhesenamun wrote:
Considerably shorter than my 4,500 word thesis Rolling Eyes


If your talking about the hymn, i made a topic about it Razz

http://forum.egyptiandreams.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3278&highlight=
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

conorp wrote:
Ankhesenamun wrote:
Considerably shorter than my 4,500 word thesis Rolling Eyes


If your talking about the hymn, i made a topic about it Razz

http://forum.egyptiandreams.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=3278&highlight=


No I was talking about the quote at the top Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possible indirect indian influence on Akhenaten www.ece.lsu.edu/kak/akhena.pdf
This is not new, see E.A. Wallis Budge http://www.archive.org/details/tutankhamenameni00budguoft p.69 & 113-115
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