from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of Aton.

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  • n. the sun (or solar disc) which was the deity of a monotheistic cult under the Pharaoh Akhenaten


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  • Mention of the Aten is the cue for a re-creation (mercifully short).

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  • Apophis, a member of another group of near-Earth asteroids called the Aten group, was estimated to have a

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  • When Amenhotep III dies, he is succeeded by his second son, Amenhotep IV - a bizarre visionary who turns away from Amun and the other gods of the state pantheon and worships instead a single deity known as the Aten, the disk of the sun.

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  • Those with orbits mostly interior to Earth's - called Aten asteroids - spend most of their time in the glare of the sun as seen from Earth, so telescopes have trouble spotting them.

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  • "Aten" means literally the "Disk of the Sun," and though it is difficult to understand at this distance of time in what the difference between the worship of R [= a] and the worship of "R [= a] in his Disk" consisted, we may be certain that there must have been some subtle, theological distinction between them.

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  • He was complaining in a high, weak voice that on this, the one night of the year when they might meet, the gods, or the magic images of the gods who were put up for them to worship, should not include _his_ god, symbolized by the "Aten," or the sun's disc.

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  • "Aten" is probably the same as "Adon," the root of Adonis and Adonai, and has the signification of "Lord" -- a term implying personality, and when used specially of one Being, implying absolute mastery and lordship, an exclusive right to worship, homage, and devotion.

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  • While Egypt had traditionally been a polytheistic society, she persuaded him to worship the sun disc, Aten, and so he did.

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  • While the main historical events are accurate, such as Ay's rise to power, Akhenaten's obsession with Aten, the dream of Amarna, and Nefertiti's unparalleled influence at court, liberties were taken with personalities, names and minor historical events.

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  • Amarna she is standing off to one side, her arms down while everyone else is enthusiastically embracing Aten.

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