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Akhenaton for HSC Ancient History

Resources for HSC students in their study of Akhenaten in the context of his time.

Beyond the Palace Walls

You will need a State Library Of NSW card to access this article. The article discusses archaeological excavations undertaken in the ancient city of Amarna in Egypt. Built by the 18th Dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten, the city's many murals and ancient reliefs depict it as a place of earthly delights. Research by various archaeologists, however, including Barry Kemp, Anna Stevens and Jerome Rose, has found that the city's poor communities endured hunger and malnutrition, performed backbreaking manual labor, and bore the signs of a generally grim life.You are here :: Home › Using the Library › Search our collections › eresources

A new direction

Again, you will need your State library Card to access this article. It discusses religion in Egypt before and during the reign of Akhenaten and the consolidation of power in his family.


Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten (ca. 1353-1336 B.C.) Akhenaten's daughters The demonstration of affection in this detail depicting two of Akhenatens daughters is typical of representations of the royal family during the Amarna period.

The World's Best Photos of echnaton - Flickr Hive Mind

Good quality photographs of artefacts from the Amen period.

Object Biography #11: Fragment from an offering table of Akhenaten (Acc. No. 1938)

Shows samples of archaeological finds and what they represent

The Face of Akhenaten (Photoshop Reconstruction)

A photoshop reconstruction of what Akhenaten probably looked like

Akhenaten and the Amarna Period

A good overview of the period.

Object Biography #11: Fragment from an offering table of Akhenaten (Acc. No. 1938)

This mottled red granite fragment (16.5 cm in lenth) is part of smaller-than-life-size statue of Akhenaten, shown supporting a rectangular offering table. It comes from Flinders Petrie's excavations at Amarna between 1891 and 1892, supported by Jesse Haworth. Like most Amarna sculptural material, this statue is badly broken - the result of the intense persecution...

Akhenaten and the Amarna Period

An overview of the reign of Akhenate. Particular focus is the religous and the artistic developments of the timeAkhenaten is a source of endless fascination and speculation - this often masks the fact that we actually know very little about him. Dr Kate Spence explores the enigmatic story of Egypt's 'heretic' king.


Good overview.
Akhenaten (r. 1353-1336 BCE) was a pharaoh of Egypt of the 18th Dynasty. He is also known as Akhenaton' orIkhnaton' and also Khuenaten', all of which are translated to meansuccessful for' or `of great use to' the god Aten. Akhenaten chose this name for himself after his conversion to the cult of Aten.

Akhenaten and the Religion of Light


**Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 B.C. E. 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.