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  Relief of Akenhaten

Relief of Akenhaten worshipping the light

1352 BC - Amenhotep IV becomes Akenhaten

Amenhotep IV turns against the powerful priests of Amen, rejecting the traditional gods for Aten, the sun god. He renames himself Akenhaten.

ca. 1352-1336 BC - Akenhaten marries Nefertiti
Akenhaten takes a wife, the beautiful Nefertiti. She becomes highly influential in Egyptian life.

ca. 1352-1336 BC - New capital of Amarna
Akenhaten builds a new capital city in the desert of Amarna and leaves the old capital of Thebes.
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