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Assess the impact of Akhenatens reign on religion and art It can not be denied that Amenhotep IV or Akhenaten as he is more widely known had a very large and significant impact on Egyptian religion and art during his reign as pharaoh The effects and impacts of his reign spread across many aspects of Egyptian life and ranged from art to religion and politics In contrast to the many pharaohs that preceded and followed Akhenaten he was a radical pharaoh and is now considered to be ancient Egypts most controversial ruler Akhenatens social and cultural upheaval and his motivation to do this had its roots in the reign of his father Amenhotep III His rearranging of state religion impacted on the Egyptian people at the time while his new style of art and artistic impression also had a significant impact However these major changes and alterations to Egyptian culture and politics were only short lived Following Akhenatens death his successors went about undoing the changes Akhenaten had implemented and tried to re-establish the old and more traditional ways Thus Akhenatens reign had a very big impact on religion and art at the time even though these changes were attempted to be erased by the proceeding pharaohs and rulers Firstly some of the great changes that Akhenaten brought into being seem to have their roots in the reign of his father Amenhotep III Although these changes were no where near as severe during Amenhotep IIIs rule the basis and origins from which they probably came from can be seen Several portraits have been found showing an elderly Amenhotep and his lined and rather disagreeable looking queen Tiy These portraits suggest that realism had started to come into vogue and was starting to be used before Akhenaten became pharaoh Thus from this it can be assumed that Akhenaten continued to build on this base of new ways and
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