King Akhenaton (left) with his wife, Queen Nefertiti, and three of their daughters under the rays …—Foto Marburg/Art Resource, New York

In ancient Egyptian religion, a sun god, depicted as the solar disk emitting rays terminating in human hands. The pharaoh Akhenaton (r. 1353–36 BC) declared Aton to be the only god, and in opposition to the Amon-Re priesthood of Thebes, built the city of Akhetaton as the center for Aton's worship, but Aton's religion is poorly understood. After Akhenaton's death, the old religion was restored.

Variants of ATON

Aton or Aten

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