The sun-disk, during the Amarna period usually depicted with sun rays ending in hands that offer the sign of life (ankh) to the king and his family. The Aten was first regarded as a god during the 18th Dynasty and gained popularity under Amenhotep III. Akhenaten abolished all other gods in favour of the Aten, and composed royal names and titles for his god. His "monotheistic" Aten-veneration was abandoned after his death.