Hymn to Aten
In Ancient Egypt the king Akhenaten completely altered the lifestyles of all his subjects by demanding that they give their singular devotion to the sun god Aten. Before him, Egyptians had a different system of beliefs with many gods whereas Atenism held that Aten was the central god. Egypt had been a polytheistic society wherein each god had a specified set of abilities and limitations to their powers. Each person chose a god to whom they would dedicate themselves and to which they would give most of their devotion. The god was the choice of the individual, a choice which was no longer available when the pantheon of gods deteriorated to a single all-powerful deity. All Egyptian peoples were forced to embrace the new religion and with it forgo the traditions and customs of their ancestors. The changing religion was only one of the aspects of the Egypt under Akhenaten’s reign which included political, sociological, and economical alterations in the daily life of Egyptian citizens who were living in Africa during the period of Atenism.
Akhenaten ruled Egypt for a period of seventeen years. During that time he established the new religion and with it imposed a myriad of new rules, both legal and religious which would alter the society as a whole. It is not yet understood exactly why Akhenaten decided upon a new religion for Egypt, but what has been found is that he intended the religion to permeate all aspects of society. Artwork that dates back to the time of Akhenaten’s rule shows him closely aligned with the god Aten. He is chosen as leader by that deity and representations frequently depict this relationship. This is one of the earliest incidents of what would become known as Divine Right, the belief that the power invested in a human being was one granted to them by god and that it was therefore not only political betrayal to harm the king, but also heresy. To question the king was to question the gods, or god in this instance. One of the reforms was to politically isolate Egypt from other nations. Whereas before, Egypt has been willing to interact internationally and provide aid and comfort to outside nations, Akhenaten was more interested in insular support of the country itself. In addition, Akhenaten was not heavily interested in the activities of his subordinates such as diplomats and military officers and allowed them to amass power and support of their own which, in turn, allowed opposition to build up to Akhenaten’s rule. In addition, Akhenaten had the capital of Egypt moved to a site in the middle of the country which he named Akhetaten. This act was but another step in the complete alteration of Egypt’s culture from what it had been before Akhenaten took power. Not only was the religion changed, but so too was the center of their country, a physical manifestation of Akhenaten’s cultural revolution.
Aten is a strong god who Akhenaten empowered with abilities of an even greater strength, allowing him to transcend his original position and become the single deity of a new monotheistic Egyptian culture. He became a universal deity because of his exaggerated powers. Instead of a faith-based religion, Akhenaten intended Aten to be experienced by everyone in Egypt as though he were a physical being. Whereas the belief in gods of old was based upon faith and an intangible otherness which could not by physically touched, Aten was to be believed as proven to exist as much as the king himself existed. The emphasis on Aten’s belief was based on three criterions: visibility, tangibility, and being so real as to be an undeniable aspect of life. Besides his powers over the sun which were Aten’s before the rule of Akhenaten, the god was also given the power of creation over all living things. It was believed that Aten created human beings, animals, plants, and anything which had life in it.
The poem “The Great Hymn to the Aten” is a document which shows the extent to which the god Aten was important to Egyptian society under Akhenaten. Through the poetry, the reader can understand a bit more tangibly how life changed when this monotheism was introduced. In the poem, Aten is granted every conceivable power. Instead of being a god concerned with a unique set of duties as is the case in polytheistic religions, he is allowed a large range of abilities from the very creation of life and human existence to the ability to give life and to cause death as well. The poet writes that Aten “settest every man in his place” (line 9). Each person in the world, whether he be a king or the lowest of peasants, is placed in that position by the supreme deity Aten. This allows the king to also reinforce his own placement in the society. If there is indeed only one god and that Akhenaten holds the throne because of the will of that one god, then to depose him would be unthinkable folly and would bring about the wrath of Aten to the conspirator.
“The Great Hymn to the Aten” is a poem which alludes to the complete revolution of religion, politics, and society which occurred when Akenhaten took the throne of Egypt. Not only did Akenhaten want to change Egypt from a polytheistic society to a monotheistic one which would worship the sun god Aten instead of any other gods, Akenhaten also wanted to completely change Egypt. He moved the capital and established Egypt as a singular country without international ties, breaking alliances and leaving allied nations to fend for themselves in their various wars. Akenhaten wanted to establish himself as the human embodiment of the one god and establish a close relationship between king and deity, intending that his leadership would not be questioned by anyone while at the same time neglecting the fact that he was empowering his political enemies within the country. So drastic were his changes to the country and in such a short period of time that he alienated a great number of Egyptians. His beliefs were unpopular to the degree that Akenhaten’s successors returned to the traditional belief systems of their ancestors and did their utmost to bury the residual elements of Akenhaten’s rule.
“The Great Hymn to the Aten.” The Western Humanities Vol. 1. Ed. Roy Matthews & DeWitt
Platt. McGraw Hill, 2010. Print.
Get Professional Assignment Help Cheaply
Are you busy and do not have time to handle your assignment? Are you scared that your paper will not make the grade? Do you have responsibilities that may hinder you from turning in your assignment on time? Are you tired and can barely handle your assignment? Are your grades inconsistent?
Whichever your reason is, it is valid! You can get professional academic help from our service at affordable rates. We have a team of professional academic writers who can handle all your assignments.
Why Choose Our Academic Writing Service?
- Plagiarism free papers
- Timely delivery
- Any deadline
- Skilled, Experienced Native English Writers
- Subject-relevant academic writer
- Adherence to paper instructions
- Ability to tackle bulk assignments
- Reasonable prices
- 24/7 Customer Support
- Get superb grades consistently
Online Academic Help With Different Subjects
Students barely have time to read. We got you! Have your literature essay or book review written without having the hassle of reading the book. You can get your literature paper custom-written for you by our literature specialists.
Do you struggle with finance? No need to torture yourself if finance is not your cup of tea. You can order your finance paper from our academic writing service and get 100% original work from competent finance experts.
While psychology may be an interesting subject, you may lack sufficient time to handle your assignments. Don’t despair; by using our academic writing service, you can be assured of perfect grades. Moreover, your grades will be consistent.
Engineering is quite a demanding subject. Students face a lot of pressure and barely have enough time to do what they love to do. Our academic writing service got you covered! Our engineering specialists follow the paper instructions and ensure timely delivery of the paper.
In the nursing course, you may have difficulties with literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, critical essays, and other assignments. Our nursing assignment writers will offer you professional nursing paper help at low prices.
Truth be told, sociology papers can be quite exhausting. Our academic writing service relieves you of fatigue, pressure, and stress. You can relax and have peace of mind as our academic writers handle your sociology assignment.
We take pride in having some of the best business writers in the industry. Our business writers have a lot of experience in the field. They are reliable, and you can be assured of a high-grade paper. They are able to handle business papers of any subject, length, deadline, and difficulty!
We boast of having some of the most experienced statistics experts in the industry. Our statistics experts have diverse skills, expertise, and knowledge to handle any kind of assignment. They have access to all kinds of software to get your assignment done.
Writing a law essay may prove to be an insurmountable obstacle, especially when you need to know the peculiarities of the legislative framework. Take advantage of our top-notch law specialists and get superb grades and 100% satisfaction.
What discipline/subjects do you deal in?
We have highlighted some of the most popular subjects we handle above. Those are just a tip of the iceberg. We deal in all academic disciplines since our writers are as diverse. They have been drawn from across all disciplines, and orders are assigned to those writers believed to be the best in the field. In a nutshell, there is no task we cannot handle; all you need to do is place your order with us. As long as your instructions are clear, just trust we shall deliver irrespective of the discipline.
Are your writers competent enough to handle my paper?
Our essay writers are graduates with bachelor's, masters, Ph.D., and doctorate degrees in various subjects. The minimum requirement to be an essay writer with our essay writing service is to have a college degree. All our academic writers have a minimum of two years of academic writing. We have a stringent recruitment process to ensure that we get only the most competent essay writers in the industry. We also ensure that the writers are handsomely compensated for their value. The majority of our writers are native English speakers. As such, the fluency of language and grammar is impeccable.
What if I don’t like the paper?
There is a very low likelihood that you won’t like the paper.
- When assigning your order, we match the paper’s discipline with the writer’s field/specialization. Since all our writers are graduates, we match the paper’s subject with the field the writer studied. For instance, if it’s a nursing paper, only a nursing graduate and writer will handle it. Furthermore, all our writers have academic writing experience and top-notch research skills.
- We have a quality assurance that reviews the paper before it gets to you. As such, we ensure that you get a paper that meets the required standard and will most definitely make the grade.
In the event that you don’t like your paper:
- The writer will revise the paper up to your pleasing. You have unlimited revisions. You simply need to highlight what specifically you don’t like about the paper, and the writer will make the amendments. The paper will be revised until you are satisfied. Revisions are free of charge
- We will have a different writer write the paper from scratch.
- Last resort, if the above does not work, we will refund your money.
Will the professor find out I didn’t write the paper myself?
Not at all. All papers are written from scratch. There is no way your tutor or instructor will realize that you did not write the paper yourself. In fact, we recommend using our assignment help services for consistent results.
What if the paper is plagiarized?
We check all papers for plagiarism before we submit them. We use powerful plagiarism checking software such as SafeAssign, LopesWrite, and Turnitin. We also upload the plagiarism report so that you can review it. We understand that plagiarism is academic suicide. We would not take the risk of submitting plagiarized work and jeopardize your academic journey. Furthermore, we do not sell or use prewritten papers, and each paper is written from scratch.
When will I get my paper?
You determine when you get the paper by setting the deadline when placing the order. All papers are delivered within the deadline. We are well aware that we operate in a time-sensitive industry. As such, we have laid out strategies to ensure that the client receives the paper on time and they never miss the deadline. We understand that papers that are submitted late have some points deducted. We do not want you to miss any points due to late submission. We work on beating deadlines by huge margins in order to ensure that you have ample time to review the paper before you submit it.
Will anyone find out that I used your services?
We have a privacy and confidentiality policy that guides our work. We NEVER share any customer information with third parties. Noone will ever know that you used our assignment help services. It’s only between you and us. We are bound by our policies to protect the customer’s identity and information. All your information, such as your names, phone number, email, order information, and so on, are protected. We have robust security systems that ensure that your data is protected. Hacking our systems is close to impossible, and it has never happened.
How our Assignment Help Service Works
1. Place an order
You fill all the paper instructions in the order form. Make sure you include all the helpful materials so that our academic writers can deliver the perfect paper. It will also help to eliminate unnecessary revisions.
2. Pay for the order
Proceed to pay for the paper so that it can be assigned to one of our expert academic writers. The paper subject is matched with the writer’s area of specialization.
3. Track the progress
You communicate with the writer and know about the progress of the paper. The client can ask the writer for drafts of the paper. The client can upload extra material and include additional instructions from the lecturer. Receive a paper.
4. Download the paper
The paper is sent to your email and uploaded to your personal account. You also get a plagiarism report attached to your paper.
PLACE THIS ORDER OR A SIMILAR ORDER WITH US TODAY AND GET A PERFECT SCORE!!!