Akhenaten or The Invention of Monotheism

By Franz Maciejewski

Amarna, the capital of the mysterious Pharaoh Akhenaten, is considered today as a special world heritage site: the cradle of mankind’s first monotheistic religion. But what is true and what is legend about this story? Is Akhenaten rightly regarded as the first monotheist before great founders of religions, Moses, Christ and Mohammed? Many Egyptologists have been assuming this since the end of the 19th century. Today, the thesis has even become part of the cultural mainstream. In his large study, Franz Maciejewski presents a different reading of Akhenaten’s history based on a lot of facts and evidences.

Franz Maciejewski, Dr. phil., born in 1946, is a German sociologist with background in psychoanalysis. He is published numerous scientific publications in the cultural and memorial history of modernism, ethnopsychoanalysis and Freud biography as well as Holocaust and anti-Semitism research.