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I forgot that we have "in house expertise" in archeology. Mina, please be more proactive. Mina and De mentioned Akhenaten. He is probably one of the most controversial among pharaohs. He moved capital from Teba to Tal-Amarna and introduced monotheism (celebrating Aten - sun ring). Was he "Marting Luter King" of the Egyptian history, by challening traditional religious organisaiton that was celebrating god Amun (and occasionally god "Re")? There are various interpretations of his move to introduce new religion and establish new capital. "Idealist" interpretation is that genuinely believed in Aten, because he was educated in the tradition of god sun "Re" (similar to Aten). "Realist" school argues that he wanted to reduce influence of priests. Although pharaohs were absolute rulers their power was limited effectively by priests (at that time bureaucrats).

It is not surprising that Akhenaten developed elaborate diplomacy. He needed foreign allies in the fight against priests. It is also not surprising that priests did not have any mercy in removing any trace of Akhenaten rule (destroying Tal-Amarna, removing Akhenaten's name from collective memory).

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