History November 27, 2019 at 05:30 pm

Four facts you need to know about ancient Egypt’s most hated pharaoh Akhenaten

Nii Ntreh November 27, 2019 at 05:30 pm

November 27, 2019 at 05:30 pm | History

He was a weirdly shaped man

Ancient drawings of Akhenaten portray a man who did not look like your average man. This has been a point of confusion for scientists and historians for decades.

Writing for Associated Press, Alex Dominguez notes that “Akhenaten wasn’t the most manly [sic] pharaoh, even though he fathered at least a half-dozen children. In fact, his form was quite feminine.”

And since his was not a period within which we could define transgender identities, we can dismiss any ideas that Akhenaten was not male.

In the drawings, we see a man with a long, slender neck, a long face with a sharp chin and narrow eyes. Akhenaten also had full lips, long arms and fingers, rounded thighs and buttocks and enlarged breasts.

Some scientists have concluded that he suffered from Froehlich’s Syndrome, a condition for men that carries the symptoms of his body.


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