The boy king’s father forbade the practice of polytheistic religions, leading to societal uproar and extreme discontent from the king’s followers. The movement toward monotheistic religions caused such a sharp change in daily religious practices as well as the arts and culture of the society. Entire buildings and shrines had to be torn down, redesigned, and rebuilt, causing an arguably unnecessary amount of work for laborers. Akhenaten’s rather sudden death left Tut to put out this fire on his own.
During his rule, Akhenaten moved the capitol approximately 200 miles north of its original location, Thebes. He named his new city “Akhetaten,” after himself. This caused many families to have to uproot their lives to travel to the new capitol in search of the opportunities that moved along with the capitol, thus contributing to the widespread disapproval of Tut’s father. Tut, in turn, was forced to deal with the aftermath of this mess.
Akhenaten’s negotiation skills were, to put it lightly, subpar. Given his greed for power and expansion, he stirred up quite a bit of trouble with the neighboring societies, the Asiatics and the Nubians, eventually leading to an all-out war. After his father’s death toward the beginning of this conflict, Tut was left to navigate foreign relations on his own.