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[catalogued under 29. Religion / B. Monotheistic Religion / 1. Monotheistic Religion]

Full Idea

The first monotheist religion known to us appeared in Egypt c.1350 BCE, when Pharaoh Akenaten declared that one of minor deities of the Egyptian pantheon, the god Aten, was in fact the supreme power ruling the universe.

Gist of Idea

Monotheism appeared in Egypt in 1350 BCE, when the god Aten was declared supreme


Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens: brief history of humankind [2014], 12 'God')

Book Reference

Harari,Yuval Noah: 'Sapiens: a brief history of Humankind' [Vintage 2014], p.242

A Reaction

Zeus seems to have started like a tribal chief, and eventually turned into something like God.