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Posted by  d on September 23, 2002 at 09:45:12:

In Reply to:  Disappeared Buildings posted by Pilar Gil on September 23, 2002 at 04:45:16:

In an ancient context, the city of Ahketaten, which had been built by Ahkenaten on the shore of the Nile, was razed by his successor.
This was evidently a religious or ideologic (or esthetic) purging; the semi-monothesitic Aten- (or Sun-) worship as practised by Ahkenaten was so unpopular among Egyptians, in that it had been imposed upon them while their beloved pantheon (especially Amun ) had been suppressed, that the population apparently coerced his successors (principally Tutankhamen, who in fact was obliged to change his name from Tutankhaten) to completely eliminate the city, carrying almost all the ensuing rubble (small stones known as talalats) far away to Karnak, where they were impounded within large pylons erected by one of the Rameses kings...
This was an entire city of houses, temples and palaces, so completely razed, that its existence was not really known again until the nineteenth century, when it was rediscovered as Tell el Amarna...
In a broader sense, the effect of radical theological actions against heretic structures may be common throughout history; it seems possible, in fact, that because the accompanying hatred is so intense,
perhaps countless buildings have been utterly demolished throughout history, their former existence, therefore, quite difficult to detect...
History may act like the old proverb: "The nail which sticks out, must be hammered down"

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