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on 28 October 2009
In 1998, D. O'Connor and Eric H. Cline edited an important collection of essays relating to the prolific reign of Amenhotep III, written by Egyptologists and historians. On that time, they hoped the book "will serve as a compendium and concise sourcebook..." for future studies about the Pharaoh in question. Time proved they had been perfectly right. After 2001, when appeared the first paperback edition of the book, it was reprinted in every year until 2004. Indeed, "Amenhotep III:Perspective on his Reign" became an essential reference tool, not only for Egyptologists studying the reign in discussion, but also for students attentive in evolution of international circumstances of the Mediterranean world during the XIV-th century BC. According to my opinion, there wasn't any co-regency between Amenhotep III and Akhenaten. Also, I think the cult of the sun disc-Aten was encouraged during the reign of Amenhotep III, and the king being the person who got his son involved in particular worship of Aten. Anyhow, the last two topics are a matter of debate among the present-day scientists. Exploring these essays, the reader will learn about a master politician, a defender of arts and a ruler who maintains Egypt's hegemony by diplomacy. Personally, I am looking forward to with great interest to the editors' third release: "Egypt's Last Hero: The Life and Times of Ramesses III", Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, currently in progress.
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