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How Akhenaten Demolished Centuries of Egyptian Tradition

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When Akhenaten came to power, he recreated the religious universe by doing away with polytheism and insisting his subjects worship Aten, the sun god. He also gave himself, and his queen Nefertiti, a sacred promotion.

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Queen Nefertiti was the most powerful woman in ancient Egypt. But few would know anything about her if it weren't for her statue, discovered in the Amarna Desert in 1912. She's since become a global icon... and a very controversial figure. Many believe the unearthing of her likeness was staged, and that the bust, currently insured for $400 million, is one of the greatest art frauds of all time. Follow our team of experts as they sort through the clues, visit the sites, and put the spectacular object to the test to solve this ancient secret.

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