Akhenaten and the Religion of Light, by Hornung, Erik
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- ISBN: 9780801487255 | 0801487250
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 1/1/2001
Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 B.C. Called the "religious revolutionary", he is the earliest known creator of a new religion. The cult he founded broke with Egypt's traditional polytheism and focused its worship on a single deity, the sun god Aten. Erik Hornung, one of the world's preeminent Egyptologists, here offers a concise account of Akhenaten and his religion of light which will be of interest to scholars and general readers alike.