– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

House Altar with Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Three Daughters (Amarna Period)


House Altar depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti and Three of their Daughters, limestone, New Kingdom, Tell el-Amarna, 18th dynasty, c. 1350 B.C.E. (Ägyptisches Museum/Neues Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Hymn except from the tomb of Ay, no. 25, Amarna:

You rise with beauty in the horizon of the sky,
O living Aten, creator of life.
When you rise in the eastern horizon,
You fill every land with your beauty.
You are beautiful, great, gleaming, high above every land.
Your rays, they embrace the lands
To the limits of all that you have made.
You are the sun-god (Ra) and conquer them all;
You subdue them for your beloved son.
You are distant, yet your rays are upon the land.
You are in the faces (of mankind), yet your ways are not known.

excerpt of translation from the Amarna Project

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