Hybridism as a Visual Mark of Divinity: The Case of Akhenaten

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At the heart of the image reflected by the politico-religious reform brought about by Pharaoh Akhenaten (Amarna period, 18th Dynasty, c. 1350 BCE) was his belief in Aten and his repudiation of the traditional pantheon. The evolution of the visual therianthropic (animal-man) hybridism of the king, a feature of the divine, can be traced through the course of Akhenaten’s reign, with compelling implications for our comprehension of his views on the nature of divinity and kingship.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPicturing Royal Charisma
Subtitle of host publicationKings and Rulers in the Near East from 3000 BCE to 1700 CE
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781803271613
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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