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Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy [Hardcover]

Aidan Dodson
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30 April 2014
The latter part of the fifteenth century B C saw Egypt's political power reach its zenith, with an empire that stretched from beyond the Euphrates in the north to much of what is now Sudan in the south. The wealth that flowed into Egypt allowed its kings to commission some of the most stupendous temples of all time, some of the greatest dedicated to Amun-Re, King of the Gods. Yet a century later these temples lay derelict, the god's images, names, and titles all erased in an orgy of iconoclasm by Akhenaten, the devotee of a single sun-god. This book traces the history of Egypt from the death of the great warrior-king Thutmose III to the high point of Akhenaten's reign, when the known world brought gifts to his newly-built capital city of Amarna, in particular looking at the way in which the cult of the sun became increasingly important to even 'orthodox' kings, culminating in the transformation of Akhenaten's father, Amenhotep III, into a solar deity in his own right.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (30 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774166337
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774166334
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Aidan Dodson was born in London and brought up in Slough, Berkshire. He studied Egyptology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, obtaining his BA in 1985, his MPhil in 1986 and his PhD in 1995; he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He has taught in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at Bristol University, where he is now a Senior Research Fellow, since 1996.

During the Spring semester of 2013 he was William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

Over the years he has given invited public lectures in the UK, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Denmark, Italy and Spain, and regularly accompanies tours to Egypt and the Sudan. Having joined the London-based Egypt Exploration Society at the age of 15, he was elected its Chairman of Trustees in December 2011. Dr Dodson met his wife while teaching her Egyptology at an adult education class and proposed to her in the burial chamber of an ancient vizier; they live in Bristol.

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Aidan Dodson is a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of Amarna Sunset (AUC Press, 2009), Poisoned L egacy (AUC Press, 2010), and Afterglow of Empire (AUC Press, 2012).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating study of what lead to Akhenaten 18 July 2014
By Vanya
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If anybody has not yet read Aidan Dodson's preceding book "Amarna Sunset", then I suggest reading this new book first to get a better view of the events that lead up to the Amarna interlude. It's a short book, but packed full of facts as we know them and not padded out, as some books are, with speculation. This book, well written as usual, provides a very good view of events in the 18th Dynasty from Amunhotep II to the accession of Amunhotep IV/Akhentaten, in regard to the thread of the beginnings of, what we now see as "Atenism", running through these years before Amarna. Dodson paints a good picture, using evidence, to show as best as we can, were Akhenaten was "coming from", that his ideas, such as we can deduce from the evidence, did not come from a vacuum and that he is, in a way, a logical progression of what was occuring within the royal family over a few generations, though principally in the long reign of his father, Amunhotep III. Though of course Akhenaten was his own man and certainly a one off in Egyptian history, after reading this you will have a better idea of why he may have acted as he did. "Amarna Sunset" was published before the 2010 DNA results of the late 18th Dynasty royal mummies were published, and in this new book Dodson makes some amendments on the basis of these results in the fascinating and, I think, contentious appendix four. The book, in my opinion, is worth reading simply for this appendix and Dodson's ideas on the DNA testing, deeply flawed in his opinion, and who the famous Elder and Younger lady found in KV35 are, or more precisely, who they are not. Here is the area of contention that will get readers attention, as he contends that they are not Queen Tiye and Tutankhamun's mother, as yet still unknown by name. Read more ›
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