Photographer's Note

Ahmenhotep IV is better known by his alternate name Akhenaten. The king ascended the throne under his birth name, Amenhotep IV, but in his 5th regnal year, he changed his name to one that better reflected his religious ideas: (Amenhotep = “Amun is satisfied,” Akhenaten = “Effective for Aten”).

This is a detail from the Talatat wall in Luxor Museum. The blocks were used as fill in the ninth pylon created by King Horemheb, the last king of the Eighteenth Dynasty. They have been painstakingly repaired and reconstructed after being retrieved from the pylon. Akhenaten is the pharaoh who attempted to obliterate the polytheistic religion of ancient Egypt and change it to a monotheistic worship of just one God, Aten, usually represented by the sun. For that he was dubbed the 'heretic king' and subsequent pharaohs did all they could to erase his memory.

I might load a workshop showing a wider angled view of part of the left wall. More info here.

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Additional Photos by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 17199 W: 1065 N: 37882] (171822)
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