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51. 2 Sir Wallis Budge: Tutankhamen, Amenism, Atenism, and Egyptian Monotheism (Edit. 1923), p. 75. com A SON OF GOD: THE LIFE AND PHILOSOPHY OF AKHNATON, KING OF EGYPT 44 supreme source and embodiment of all that appeared to him worth adoring: beauty, power, heavenly majesty; and that sweetest complement of all these things--kindness. It is likely that he had once associated all the divine attributes of the Sun with the material Disk, but that very soon he had conceived a more subtle idea of Godhead by considering the "Heat" or "Heat-and-Light"-(Shu)-which-is-in-the-Disk.

For if, indeed, as Sir Flinders Petrie has pointed out,3 Aton be none other but Radiant Energy deified--that is to say, an allpervading reality of an immanent character--there is no reason to attribute to Him the all-toohuman desire of being worshipped alone. On the contrary, it would seem natural that one who sees divinity in the "Heat-which-is-in-the-Disk" (and which is of the same essence as the Disk itself), far from proscribing the time-honoured gods of his land, should look upon them as man’s halting attempts to reach the Unreachable; as imperfect symbols of the One true God.

If the features and more particularly the expression of the face do reveal something of what we call the soul, then we must suppose that the two children, heir-apparent and future queen of Egypt, had much in common. Their earliest portraits represent them both with the same regular, oval face, slender neck and large, dark eyes full of yearning; with already, in their gaze, a touch of thoughtful sadness which is not of their age. A delicate, almost feminine charm seems to have distinguished _______ 1 Arthur Weigall: The Life and Times of Akhnaton (New and Revised Edit.

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