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Before the Amarna era, A. designated the sun disc as a heavenly body or as the seat of the sun god.  Amenophis [4] IV (1353-1336 BC) had a comprehensive new name of A. written in cartouches and established  Amarna as the sole cult place for A. The early iconography of the Amarna era still made use of the traditional representation of A. as a falcon-headed man with a sun disc. Until the end of the Amarna era, the representation as a sun disc was used exclusively, with rays that ended in human hands; on the disc hangs a…

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Krauss, Rolf (Berlin), “Aton”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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