The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People (New Aspects of Antiquity) Paperback – 27 Aug 2013
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The advent of a new book from Thames & Hudson is always something to look forward to ... this is a very special book indeed ... offers readers the chance to revise all you thought you knew about the city, its temples, buildings, artwork and inhabitants ... every page of the publication is brimming with new information and detailed plans and diagrams ... challenging and original ... well worth purchasing. --Ancient Egypt
This well-researched book makes evocative reference to the sights and smells of Ancient Egypt. --The Post (Liverpool), Birmingham Post
More than any other study that I am aware of, Kemp's book succeeds in bringing to life the day-to-day workings of this ancient Egyptian capital ... clear and well-written ... This is a superb book, written and illustrated by a superb archaeologist and scholar of ancient Egypt. --Antiquity
Well-written and clearly structured ... very well illustrated. --Egyptian Archaeology
Well-written and clearly structured ... very well illustrated --Egyptian Archaeology
About the Author
Barry Kemp is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at Cambridge University and has been conducting research and excavation at Amarna since 1977. He lives in England.
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Proximity has not taken the author too close to his subject. There is also dispassionate judgement. He rightly points out that the images we are used to seeing of ancient Egypt emphasise everything that was "gigantic and wonderful". However, this book is as clear about what was more limited, apparently fairly arbitrary and, indeed, even after many years of excavation and exploration, still very little understood.
If I were to quibble, I suppose a criticism could be that one or two of the photographs are less than fully clear in the way they have been reproduced or taken in the first place. However, my overall response is one of respect for what Kemp has achieved at Amarna and how it is conveyed in this book. Wonderful.
If you want the suggested romance of the Amarna period, or speculation, don't bother with this book. All you will find here is the truth based on the facts and evidence. Barry Kemp refuses to bow to speculation and simply presents the facts, the options and leaves the rest to you. This is how it should be. For example. How many times have we been told that Akhenaten obliterated all the temples to the traditional ancient egyptian gods in favor of his god the Aten? The evidence doesn't point to this at all and Mr Kemp says as much. This in itself is a revelation and a game changer. If you want to read facts and not drama, then buy this book.
Admittedly I began the book hoping for some clarification of the theories about the royal family. What Kemp presents instead - and presents exceedingly well - is a full and dynamic report of the internal goings on in the city of Amarna based on archaeological evidence. Instead of a list of 'maybes' and 'perhaps's', this is a masterpiece of fact written by an expert. It's readable Egyptology that an interested amateur (like me!) could follow.
Kemp takes us through what life in Amarna might have been like; daily life, its religious aspects, the way that normal people regarded the Aten and the reasons for the removal of the court from Thebes. It is written clearly and concisely throughout. Instead of being a book of conspiracies and guesses, this is a book of facts based upon more than thirty years of study and excavation.
Whilst I wish that there had been a little bit more information about the intriguing Queen Tiye, this book is a rare treat - I couldn't put it down!
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Awesome and meticulous record of a history-changing endeavor.
The author does not dismiss Atonism as heresy but actually proposes it is an idea whose time may soon come.
Superb text from an expert in the field and best of all, at a great price.Published 7 months ago by Dr. Ian Montgomery
Professor Kemp is one of the best writers about archaeology. His excavation work is up with the greats, but he can also stand back and give us insights into the life of the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by HOWARD BELTON
The advent of a new book from Thames and Hudson is always something to look forward to and when the author is the esteemed Barry Kemp and the subject is about the Amarna Period... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ancient Egypt Magazine
Professor Barry Kemp is one of the most experienced egyptologist who has devoted over thirty years to Amarnas exploration, in this book he offers insights into the life and times... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mrs V. Barber
This is a gem of a book. Written in a clear, lucid, up to date non patronising style that means that not only does the reader come away better informed but that there are plenty... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ludovico Sforza