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A city in Upper Egypt built as his capital by the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century bc. Palaces and temples, erected to support the worship of the divine sun-disc Aten, were abandoned and largely destroyed on Akhenaten’s death. The art of this brief period of monotheism was realistic and unrestrained, in contrast with the stereotyped art-style of other periods in ancient Egypt. Important diplomatic correspondence has also been recovered during excavations at El-Amama.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied