Akhnaten

Live in HD Broadcast: November 23

It is time for a transition of power in Ancient Egypt. The pharaoh Amenhotep III has died, and his son, Amenhotep IV, will inherit the crowns of Upper and Lower Egypt—and with them, the religious and social traditions that have served the Egyptian people for thousands of years. Yet this young pharaoh is full of strange ideas. Sweeping aside the pantheon of Egyptian gods, he institutes a bold new religion dedicated to the sun god Aten. Renaming himself “Akhn-Aten” (“Spirit of Aten”), the pharaoh sets about reforming Egyptian society to accord with his new beliefs. Soon, however, the conservative Egyptian priests rebel against what they view as Akhnaten’s sacrilegious reforms—and set about destroying all traces of his memory.