Definition: Name of four
pharaohs during the 18th Dynasty. The most famous was
Amenhotep IV, who became Akhenaten, the famous reformer
pharaoh who married Nefertiti. Amenhotep I was the first
pharaoh to build his tomb separate from the temple.
Akhenaten, who renamed himself that to show that he was a
follower of Aten (the sun god), broke with traditional
religious practices and declared that the people should
worship Aten. Up to that time, Egyptian people had worshiped
several gods. Akhenaten said that they should worship only
one god, Aten. Akhenaten also moved the Egyptian capital
from Thebes to El-Amarna.
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A peaceful ruler who did much building
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