From the #HistoryOfUs series: Akhenaten, around 1340 BC
... and this house altarpiece, which shows Akhenaten and Queen Nefertiti with their three eldest daughters under the sun disc Aten. His rule must have been strong, his fame widespread and his power seemingly unquestioned. And yet just fifty years after his death, his name had been deleted from the royal lists, his buildings razed ...
But why? WHO WAS HE? A visionary ruler who founded the first monotheistic society? Or was he perhaps an inbred royal who suffered from a form of epilepsy likely to have given him visions and religious delusions?
Akhenaten remains a mystery.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz