The Great Egyptians ~ Akhenaten Pt.1/5
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Egyptologist James Henry Brested once called Akhenaten "the first individual in history." Others view him as a prophet of monotheism. High praise indeed for a pharaoh whose reign was scandalous, and whose name was eradicated from his family's temples. In "The Rebel Pharaoh," meet the man born Amenhotep IV, who changed his name to Akhenaten to signify his sole allegiance to Aten, forsaking Egypt's traditional pantheon. See the dramatic results of his slogan "Living in Truth," as Akhenaten broke from 2,000 years of artistic tradition to create art and sculpture with stylised forms and exaggerated features, perhaps reflecting his own physical deformity.