Akhenaten (/ ˌ æ k ə ˈ n ɑː t ən / also spelled echnaton, akhenaton, ikhnaton, and khuenaten meaning effective for aten), known before the fifth year of his reign as amenhotep iv (sometimes given its greek form, amenophis iv, and meaning amun is satisfied), was an ancient egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 bc or 1334 bc. Akhenaten (he who is of service to the aten or effective spirit of aten) is one of the most famous pharaohs of ancient egypt, despite the attempts of later rulers to omit him from the lists of kings he began his reign under the name amenhotep iv (amun is satisfied) as the son of amenhotep.
More than 3,300 years ago a man named akhenaten rose to power to rule over egypt during the 18th dynasty his radical belief in monotheism was cause for alarm during his reign and later rulers of egypt tried to omit him from the official lists of kings. Amenhotep iv, also known as the pharaoh akhenaten, was destined to be remembered for his attempt at a religious conversion of ancient egypt one that saw the old gods put aside and replaced by a single god, the aten.
Akhenaten was not meant to rule the kingdom, as his father king amenhotep iii made amenhotep iv’s older brother a co-regent, but his brother died during the lifetime of amenhotep iv, so akhenaten became the heir to the throne.
Akhenaten had a rule of 17 years over egypt, but as amenhotep iv for the first couple of years after which he changed his name it was in thebes that the pharaoh was crowned as the new ruler, but the date of his succession is not certain. Akhenaten the heretic 1352–1336 bc akhenaten amenhotep iv changed his name to akhenaten and defied tradition by establishing a new religion that believed that there is but one god the sun god aten.
Akhenaten (he who is of service to the aten or effective spirit of aten) is one of the most famous pharaohs of ancient egypt, despite the attempts of later rulers to omit him from the lists of kings he began his reign under the name amenhotep iv (amun is satisfied. Amenhotep iv changes his name to akhenaten, establishes the monotheistic cult of aten, banishes other cults especially that of amun 1353 bce - 1336 bce ankh used in the amarna period of egypt by akhenaten , linked to the god aten. Amenhotep iv becomes akhenaten amenhotep iv may have been co-regent with his father, amenhotep iii, and it has been noted that the sun-disk known as the `aten’ is displayed on a number of inscriptions from this period of the earlier king's reign.
Akhenaten, also spelled akhenaton, akhnaton, or ikhnaton, also called amenhotep iv, greek amenophis, king (1353–36 bce) of ancient egypt of the 18th dynasty, who established a new cult dedicated to the aton, the sun’s disk (hence his assumed name, akhenaten, meaning “beneficial to aton”.