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Akhenaten, King of Egypt Hardcover – 6 Jun 1988
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From the Back Cover
The revolutionary cult of sun-worship that Akhenaten introduced, and such contentious issues as the role of Nefertiti as a goddess, the dominant part played by plague during Akhenaten's reign, and likely events of the king's twilight years are treated with new insight and set within the framework of an authoritative overview of the entire period. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Though of course almost all of the points discussed are contentious, Aldred argues convincingly from the evidence base. His style is extremely readable and the discussions of the enigmas in particular are laid out in a clear and logical manner. I have read a number of books about this fascinating pharaoh, but none have dealt as comprehensively and systematically with the evidence as Aldred does. This work must be considered to be one of the most definitive works on the subject and a must read for the student of the Amarna period
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.
The book is a journey that begins with the modern discovery of Akhenaten's existence and ends with an account of his reign at Armana and its implications after his death. It places Akhenaten firmly in historical context, with accounts of the reigns of his father (Amenophis III) and his grandfather (Tuthmosis IV). This is very enligtening as Cyril Aldred shows that although change under Akhenaten took the form of giant leaps, his immediate predecessors had taken small steps in the same direction. It was, as the writer points out, the suddeness of these changes under Akhenaten that rocked Egyptian society, and which led to the inevitable backlash from the religious elite that followed his death.
We are also shown Akhenaten as a family man. A devoted husband, father and son, as demonstrated by the many illustrations in the book. Particularly moving is a black and white plate with details from a house stela at Armana, showing Akhenaten with his daughter Meritaten on his knee, playing with his face, while he kisses her.
This is a very well written and illustrated account of Akhenaten and the Armana period. It is easily read and like any other good book, ends too soon, therefore begging many re-reads.
This book covers the countries around Akhenaten. It shows the Amarna history in a greater picture.
A must buy, I recomend this book highly.
Start to read this book before you read anything of authors like :REEVES or REDFORD.
This book will get you a firm ground to stand on with all the theories that flows around Amarna.
I belive this is the most honest picture of Amarna.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The quality of the book is good even though it is second hand. It did take a while to come and I was informed it would take a while.Published on 25 Jan. 2015 by snooze