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Why did The religious revolution of Akhenaton fail?
September 01, 2007 1:38AM
Prior to his reign the many priesthoods were very powerful, and slowly over long periods of Egyptian history they whittled away at Pharoah's power. Trying to consolidate power and centralize it in the person of Pharoah wasn't a bad idea, but Akhenaten's approach was much too radical and extreme. At one point, Pharoah was seen as the High Priest of every cult. Akhenaten obliterated the cults. The priesthoods fought to get their power back, and it didn't take them long.