As the years went by Akhnaton seems to have given himself more and more completely to his new religion.
But Akhnaton's god was the intangible and yet ever-present Father of mankind, made manifest in sunshine.
His past connections with Akhnaton told against him, and after a year or so he disappeared, leaving the throne vacant once more.
Akhnaton's city fell into ruins, and soon the temples and palaces became the haunt of jackals and the home of owls.
It was usual for the Pharaoh to keep aloof from his people: Akhnaton was to be found in their midst.
Akhnaton had been opposed to warfare, and had dreamed that dream of universal peace which still is a far-off light to mankind.
The body of Akhnaton, his name erased, was now the sole occupant of the tomb.
It is probable that Akhnaton had not realised how serious was the situation in Asia Minor.
The sepulchre was therefore opened once more, and the name Akhnaton was everywhere erased from the inscriptions.