Didn't Amenhotep III merely make the cult of the Aten more poular? It was however under Akhenaten that the real "revolution" took place, at least that is what i thought. Gods had come into and out of fashion for centuries, (e.g. Amu himself rising to precedence and also the usurping of Bat by Hathor.) Amenhotep chiselled out part of the name of his father because of the Amen (Amun) reference in it. His closure of the temples was a far cry from the building and embellishing of the temples that his father had done, (e.g. at Karnak, building Luxor temple and embellishing Dendera temple). Amenhotep III may have given the Aten more attention than his predecessors but it was Akhenaten who started the real religous upheaval by denying Amun and the other gods, something his father would never had done. I have always wondered what Queen Tiy thought her son's "reforms", I would have thought she would have been quite disapproving. The evidence however doesn't support this, which I think is strange. To see the empire she once goverened jointly with her husband crumble before her must have been some kind of blow. What do you think of the stance of Queen Tiy?
First off i am not aware of Akhenaten denying any god save Amun. I would appreciate your source on this.
By the time Akhenaten was wiping out his father's name with Amun in it, his father's name had changed to the "Nebmaatra, the Living Splendor of Aten." This name was not destroyed to my knowledge. So what was he wiping out? His father's rejected name or his father?
His father built a palace that would have outraged the Priests of Amun, Malkata palace which is the Arabic name for what Amenhotep would have known as the "the palace of the dazzling Aten" located on the Theban West Bank. It was opposite side of the river from Karnak but at the other end of the city where Karnak was located.
In the last years of Amenhotep's life he became delified while living! Something no other Pharaoh had done, except Ramesses II did at a much later date. I don't believe there is anything that Amenhotep/Nebmaatra would not have done if it threatened his beliefs regarding himself.
As for the widowed Queen Tiy, late in the reign of her son she moves to his new city...as the delified Hathor, and avatar of the other goddess' of Ancient Egypt. She apparently didn't suffer all that much on behalf of Egypt during her son's reign. Now if like me you accept a long coregencey between father and son... Tiy's late move into Akhetaten isn't unsual, but acceptable. It is only in the rejection of such a belief that her moving so late into Akhetaten becomes a problem that needs explaination.