Amenhotep IV - Pharaoh Amenhotep IV or Akhenaten

Small statue of Ahkenaten wearing the blue crown
Small statue of Ahkenaten wearing the blue crown. PD Courtesy (www.egyptarchive.co.uk/html/contact.html) Jon Bodsworth

Definition

Amenhotep IV Neferkherure Waenre was the son and co-regent of Pharaoh Amenhotep III Nebmaatre. He married Nefertiti with whom he is thought to have had six daughters (Meritaten, Meketaten, Akhesenpaaten, Nefernefruaten-Tasherit, Nefernefrure, and Setepenre). He moved his capital to the city of Aten Akhetaten (now, Tell el-Amarna) where he worshiped the sun god Aten as the single creator god for which reason he is referred to as the heretic king.

He ruled Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty. Smenkhare became his co-regent and may have ruled after him, but Tutankhamen is considered the successor of Amenhotep IV.

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Also Known As: Akhenaten

Examples: Amenhotep IV is better known as the heretic king Akhenaten.