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Akhenaten was the pharaoh who did away with the worship of many Gods and made it official policy to just worship the one God (Atenism). Consequently he made himself many enemies and was referred to as the 'heretic king' after his death in 1336/1334 BC. One of his several female consorts was the well known Nefertiti. Her bust is now in the Berlin Museum.

He has been proven through DNA to be the father of the even more famous Tutankhamen. There are conspiracy theories that Tutankhamun and his wife may have been murdered to end the dynasty and revert Egypt back to polytheism. From Wiki " Akhenaten, Neferneferuaten, Smenkhkare, Tutankhamun, and Ay were excised from the official lists of pharaohs, which instead reported that Amenhotep III was immediately succeeded by Horemheb. This is thought to be part of an attempt by Horemheb to delete all trace of Atenism and the pharaohs associated with it from the historical record." Even his funerary mask and sarcophagus were deliberately destroyed. More information from Wikipedia here:

Taken inside Cairo Museum but removed from the Luxor/ Thebes area.

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