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  6. page Aten edited ... {horus-bedety.jpg} In short, Amarna was a city built for the new cult, but it was also a cit…
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    In short, Amarna was a city built for the new cult, but it was also a city built for one man, a self-centered pharaoh who wanted a "theater of the absurd" where he could rule as absolute master. The consequences of Akhenaten's splendid isolation resulted in an inactive Egypt and a failure to send troops and supplies to halt the spreading Hittite Empire. The Amarna Period is also associated with a serious outbreak of a pandemic, possibly plague, polio, or the world's first recorded outbreak of influenza. The prevalence of disease may help explain the rapidity with which the site was subsequently abandoned after Akhenaten's death. It may also explain why later generations considered the gods to have turned against the Amarna monarch.
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    religion was astonishingastonishingly flexible at
    Given the magic co-religious basis of medicine, birth, and death, the need of the Egyptian people for the old gods was practical as much as spiritual. According to Donald Redford, "the new concept of deity that Akhenaten created was rather cold. The Aten created the cosmos and keeps it going, but he seems to show no compassion on his creatures. He provides them with life and sustenance, but in a rather perfunctory way. No text tells us that the Aten hears the cry of the poor man, or heals the sick, or forgives the sinner. The reason for this as for all other conspicuous absences in the new cult is that a compassionate god did not serve Akhenaten's purpose."
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  7. page Thoth edited ... {Thoth_Ibis_Headed_God_webjgjgjj.JPG} The wisest of the Egyptian gods and the patron of scri…
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    The wisest of the Egyptian gods and the patron of scribes, who were know as the “Followers of Thoth.” He was thought to have invented writing and the languages, including the first hieroglyphics and the Book of the Dead. His roles in Egyptian mythology were many. Thoth served as a mediating power, especially between good and evil, making sure neither had a decisive victory over the other. He was the scribe of the gods, and the director of the motions of the heavenly bodies.
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    over secret knowledge (he is thought to be the inventor of Tarot cards).knowledge. It was
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    As a god of the moon, Thoth was therefore the god who measured time. As the “Lord of Time” and “Reckoner of Years,” Thoth recorded the passage of time and assigned long reigns to kings. He was the patron of all areas of knowledge, and written treatises of all kinds fell under his care - scriptoria and libraries were attached to his temples. Thoth’s reputation for truth and integrity is seen in the common assertion that a person has conducted his life in a matter “straight and true like Thoth.”
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  8. page Taweret edited ... {200pxyy-Taweret_in_faience.jpg} Outside of Egypt: ... Greeks and Roman Romans adopted…
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    Outside of Egypt:
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    Greeks and RomanRomans adopted the
    Quotes from the Book of the Dead and other sources:
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