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5.0 out of 5 stars The Amarna Bible!, 3 May 2004
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This review is from: Akhenaten: King of Egypt (Paperback)
This is far and away the best book published about Akhenaten and the Amarna period. Unlike so many other publications it does not sensationalise or hypothesise about the life of this extraordinary man and his family, but presents the facts, balanced argument and rational discussion. You will not find any murder mysteries here!
It's a very comprehensive review of this period in Egyptian history, with many illustrations of key art works and monuments. Aside from the life and beliefs of Akhenaten himself, key issues discussed are the mystery occupent of KV55, the possible co-regencies and the excavation of Amarna in modern times.
I like the honesty of this book - the fact the Aldred discusses what is 'most likely' or 'possible' from the evidence we have in our possesion, rather than formulating a theory then presenting it as though it were fact - a crime common to many more recent authors and 'experts' on this subject!
A must-own if you are interested in this period of history.
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Initial post: 10 Nov 2009 18:45:08 GMT
Pyewacket says:
I'm so pleased that someone else likes this period in Egyptian history. I am fascinated by Akhenaten and his cult of The Aten and when I was in Egypt astonished the tour guide by announcing I wanted to go the Tel el Amarna instead of the usual tourist routes. Not a lot there to see but I certainly felt a 'connection'.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2009 21:23:37 GMT
RM/TM says:
Me too! - I really want to see the rock tombs at Amarna, but don't think they're on any of the 'official' tours.

I find it incredibly frustrating that the area apparently had a reasonable degree of preservation right up to fairly modern times (1700/1800/early 1900s), but suffered looting and vandalism by locals, particularly farmers who were fed up with tourists trampling their crops to visit some of the sights. I guess it's understandable when it's your livelihood you are protecting, but what a shame.....

Posted on 25 Feb 2012 19:13:58 GMT
So nice to read that 4 people enjoyed my Dad's book. Its the one he spent most "blood toil tears and sweat" writing!
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