- Mar 2019
- Peterborough, Ontario Canada
There was a break with atenism and Akhenaten on his death. He was the architect of the enterprise. Nefertiti needed to make gestures to distance herself from him and be reborn as a king. She will have needed to be anointed by the gods to re-establish “ maat” just as Tut did later. A name change would help. Smenkhkare means “strong is the soul of Ra” - a suitable name for a ruler. Neferneferuaten means something like “beautiful one of the Aten” - that would not work under the changed regime.
Makes sense. Especially given she’d just named one of her youngest ‘Setepenre’ (chosen of Re/Ra).