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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (15 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9774163044
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774163043
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.3 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,781 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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Intriguing and involving historical study and extrapolation. Amarna Sunset is an absolute must for college library Egyptology collections. Midwest Book Review

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AIDAN DODSON is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he teaches Egyptology. He is the author of eleven books and over 200 reviews and articles.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hermes 3Magistus on 18 Sept. 2011
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Aidan Dodson begins his history of the late 18th dynasty kings at a somewhat late date in the story, beginning when the "heretic" pharaoh Akhenaten was at the zenith of his reign, around the 11th or 12th year, and his religious reforms were in full swing. No discussion nor introduction is given for events leading up to these important changes, nor the discussion of the speculated co-regency with his father, nor any real mention of the charismatic Queen Tiye, and the reader will feel somewhat thrown into the middle of the action of an interesting historical drama after a commercial break, and not having seen the opening part or introductory background to set the scene.

In addition there is no analysis of the possible motivations nor psychology behind this important change to Egypt's religious identity and ideology. Admittedly, a difficult task given that these events ccured close to 3500 years ago and little "personal" history of the important characters is recorded in any shape or form. As the book progresses, a repeated "skimming over" occurs of details from time to time as events in the book progress, which left me feeling rather on the frustrated side of things at times, wishing the book had been longer, more thorough, and by the time I was finished, well, just left me wanting more. When the book first arrived, the first thought to cross my mind was "is that it?"

Even before I had turned a page, the size and length of the book seemed comparitively short and brief. Nonetheless, I started to read this latest book on a subject that has intigued me for many years, despite my initial misgivings and first impressions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2015
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This book follows on in chronology from the author’s earlier book, Amarna Sunrise. That book covers the period from the fifteenth century BC to the height of Akhenaten’s rule at Amarna. Amarna Sunset follows the story through the last years of Akhenaten’s rule, and the failure of his ‘revolution’ to his immediate successors and the new dynasty that follows.

The Introduction outlines the rise of Akhenaten’s regime after succeeding his father Amenhotep III, and the building of Amarna with its emphasis on the cult of Aten, and the eclipse of some of the other major gods of Egypt, including Amun. By about Year 12 of Akhenaten’s rule, things were at their high point, for Akhenaten personally and dynastically, and for Egypt. But it was not to remain that way.

The book goes on to narrate the problems that Akhenaten may have faced from Year 12. (I say ‘may’ because, with much of this period of Egyptian history there is much that was destroyed, and much more than remains unknown and is still being pieced together from evidence today.) There were deaths of dynastic and family members, and struggles to the north of Egypt with the growth of the Hittite Empire. Following the death of Akhenaten there seems to have been a period of co-regency; possibly with Nefertiti and Smenkhkare, possibly with Nefertiti and Tutankhamun. The dismantling of Akhenaten’s religious ‘heresy’ and the re-emphasis on the old gods was followed by the early death of Tutankhamun. Egypt was then ruled by Ay, who was succeeded in his turn by Horemheb. The relationship of Ay and/or Horemheb to the Egyptian ruling family is still not completely clear, but it seems that Horemheb was strong enough and lucky enough to rule for a long enough period to reinforce stability throughout Egypt.
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By pat neale on 27 Oct. 2012
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The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Hattie Shepherd on 7 April 2010
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A beautiful book; scholarly and accesible for amateurs like me. TThis is a fascinating period and Dodson has done a great job making sense of it. Will buy another for my rabidly egyptomaniac chums
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No worries whatsoever. Item arrived in good condition and in good time.
The book itself was as scholarly as would be expected from this respected author.
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