Tutness has a point-you do have to look at it from both sides, from Akhenaten's point of view and from the Priests of Amun's....It seems, from newer books and such, that most are tending to lean toward Akhenaten doing all the "reforms" because of political reasons, which others have already mentioned, but I think it went beyond that. Some scholars used to say that he was mentally unstable....(Which totally erks me.) Then, you've got scholars like Weigall who say that it was purely religious. I, myself, say it was both. His "reforms" killed two birds with one stone in a way. He's following his own beliefs, but at the same time he's cutting down the threat of the Amun priesthood. (I back Akhenaten in the view that they had WAY too much power. When a temple to a god owns about a third or more of the country...yeah, it's time to do something, and who better to do that than a Pharaoh who had religious convictions as well?)...I like you. You are in the favor of Tutness.
Yes, sorry I'm a bit late...didn't know people were paying attention to my rantings of love. >_> Ahem, anywho...I like what you said, "Killing two birds with one stone." Though I do hate it when they portray Akhenaten as the EVIL one, the dictator. He means well, others outside of his family and court are in disagreement, and throwing their arms up in "What the HEY?! Who the Hells is HE to turn his back on the Gods like this?!"
Though I do beleive...he was sincere, and he thought he was really doing a good thing...Akhenaten knew change was good...he just didn't realize it would backfire just a little bit...
Though what I wanna know is...could he have approached this Sun God worship another way? Ohh, I feel some opnions coming on!! Woohoo! I'm just curious as to what you all think...could he have done better? Because that couldn't get any worse...right? O_o
...Eh...it could, actually...never mind...I'm typing to myself again.
I don't know that he was really a peace-lover. By abandoning Egypt's allies the Mitanni and allowing the Hittites to rampage around the area he was hardly promoting peace. He does not seem to have attempted any diplomacy to prevent the situation degenerating. It seems he was only really interested in his comfy life, or am I being too harsh?
Woohoo! Alrighty, first off, let me just say...that was an awesome statement you made. Here's the thing: He wanted peace, but I say this because he was the "I'm a lover, not a fighter" kind of king. He wasn't fit to be a military king, obviously, and you are right-he was into his family life more than getting out and fighting. He's such a contradicting king, he wants peace...yet he doesn't send help out to his country. I think he was sort of in the zone at home...I don't think he was selfish. Rather, I think he was either scared...or just lazy. Either or would work, or both, but I digress.
Thank you for making me think, you are also in the favor of Tutness.