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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

a name of the sun in ancient Egypt, from Egyptian itn.


Aten (also Aton, Egyptianjtn) is the disk of the sun in ancient Egyptian mythology, and originally an aspect of the god Ra. The deified Aten is the focus of the religion of Atenism established by Amenhotep IV, who later took the name Akhenaten (died ca. 1335 BCE) in worship and recognition of Aten. In his poem " Great Hymn to the Aten", Akhenaten praises Aten as the creator, giver of life, and nurturing spirit of the world. Aten does not have a Creation Myth or family, but is mentioned in the Book of the Dead. The worship of Aten was eradicated by Horemheb.

Aten (disambiguation)

Aten is the disk of the sun in ancient Egyptian mythology.

Aten may also refer to:

  • Aten, Nebraska, an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Cedar County
  • Aten asteroid, a group of near-Earth asteroid
  • 2062 Aten, a named asteroid
  • ATEN International, a Taiwanese multinational manufacturer of connectivity and access management hardware

Usage examples of "aten".

When he understood that, he suspected he would know why Aten was well worth his own worship!

If his faith were great enough, he would win through to the true temple of Aten, and stand at last in the company of those who believed as he did, and his life would have the meaning he had long craved.

Was she implying that if Aten had no need of her enmity, she might become his friend?

Or had he become answerable to Aten for the death of a woman he had never seen, whose voice he had never really heard?

It might have been easier for Aten to jog the speech of the child Enkidu and thus put him into the temple of Marduk for education, than to create masses of gold for the family or to impress years of tablet practice into a young mind in an instant.

If you renounce Aten sincerely we will free you and allow you to return to your home in Calah.

No doubt the name of Aten still circulates clandestinely among the peasants.

For if we relax our standards for this one man, who may be a perfectly upright worshiper in his fashion, perhaps even a credit to Aten, then we must relax them for the next pretender, and for others who will follow.

Since Aten has but limited power, it follows that he cannot be of service to all men.

When the pretender was brought before the magistrate, and spoke the name of Aten, she stepped in before I could move and took him on a tour of the gardens.

Gradually she came to understand this god Aten and to relegate to the world of heathen myth her foolish dreams.

There could be no halfway measures when the integrity of Aten was concerned.

A man who recanted under torture was unlikely to backslide soon, and in time he might forget Aten, or at least find other interests.

This would destroy her self-respect, and help prevent her from aspiring to worship Aten again.

Little did I reckon, when Aten chose me, that I should be required to sell human beings to feed the lusts of such animals.