Friday, January 26, 2007

Question > History

What is the name of the Egyptian pharaoh who stands out for his conversion to a monotheistic religion, the worship of the sun god Aten, in opposition to the traditional Egyptian pantheon?

UPDATE: Answer: Akenaten (Amenhotep IV)

This pharaoh's reign corresponds with dramatic changes in Egyptian culture, including in religion and art. He was married to the mythically beautiful Nefertiti and sired the boy-pharaoh Tuthanhkamen (King Tut). Tuthanhkamen was originally named Tuthankaten, but changed his name after over-turning his father's changes and reinstating the traditional Egyptian religion.

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