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There were many rules in the 18th dynasty But the most controversial ruler in the 18th dynasty was Amenhoptep IV Akhenaten IV single hand changed the Egyptian ways Chronicle of the Pharaohs pg 67 He changed the religious beliefs to the art form of hes time Amenhoptep IV could have been the most remarkable man to sit upon Egypts throne Chronicle of the Pharaohs pg 74 That was not the cause during his reign Amenhoptep IV better known as Akenaten the name he took early on in his reign meaning He who is of service to Aten Amenhoptep IV was at least the second son of Amenhotep III Ancient Egypt pg 89 Akhenaten took the thrown after his fathers death In the book Who Where The Pharaohs by Stephen Quirke It believes that before Amenhotep III death he took his son into partnership on the throne in a co-regency The reason for this believe is the artistic style in the latter years of Amenhotep III reign Amarna art was introduced by Akhenaten This style was shown in the last years of Amenhotep III There is no real evidence that the two shared the throne because both traditional and revolutionary art style could have easily coexisted during the early years of Akhenatens reign Akhenaten was the tenth king in the eighteenth dynasty There can be little doubt that Amenhotep IV was far more of a thinker and philosopher than his forebears Who Where The Pharaohs pg 101 Akhenaten was in traditional ways His father Amenhotep III and Queen Tiy brought Akhenaten up in the old ways They worshipped Amun in his younger years however Akhenaten developed a love for Aten the Sun God Amenhotep I led many to believe he preferred Aten over Amun Who Where The Pharaohs pg 91 This could be the reason
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