"They have something about like that on Aton," one of the Mardukan officers said.
Aton was one of the forms of the Sun, and perhaps the most material one of all those devised by the Egyptians.
This king was speedily persuaded to change his name to Tutankhamon, to abandon the worship of Aton, and to return to Thebes.
Aton presides over the universe and arranges within it the lot of human beings, both Egyptians and foreigners.
One more adherent of his named Ay, a priest, ruled for a short time, but now Aton was only one of many 85 gods.
Aton was the joy which caused the young sheep "to dance upon their feet," and the birds to "flutter in their marshes."
A topical example of the identity of thought is furnished by a hymn of the monotheist IkhnAton in honour of Aton.
Here are inscribed those beautiful hymns to Aton which rank so high in ancient literature.
What connection the god Aton had with Mut during the period of the Tiy regime remains obscure.
How far away seemed the great fight between Amon and Aton; how futile the task which Horemheb accomplished so gloriously!