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This review is from: Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen (Paperback)
Nefertiti is undoubtedly a dominant image from Egyptian history for most modern people. Along with the death mask of Tutankhamen, she gazes imperiously at us through the ages, in her famous blue-crowned bust.
However, little is known definitively about the life of Nefertiti, and even less is known about her death. She was married to Amenhotep IV, later known as Akhenaten. He is famous for rejecting the polydeities of the Egyptian pantheon in favour of a single sun deity, Amen. This led to a re-defining of Egyptian culture during his reign, as well as a relocation of the capital from Thebes to Amara. However, after his death, the cult of Amen was unable to sustain itself, and Egypt quickly returned to its old ways. This led later Pharaohs to deliberately remove the name of Akhenaten and his wife from moneuments, making it harder for the modern archaeologist to determine the truth of what happened.
As there is so very little known about Nefertiti, the author draws on her experience, as well as a wide range of sources, to provide us with detailed descriptions of the age. We learn about the Egypt that Nefertiti was born into, the changes that were wrought by her husband, her increasing significance as a member of the royal family, her decline into obscurity as she aged. When her husband dies, we learn how quickly his monodeitic dogma is abandoned and the immediate events afterwards.
This book uses Nefertiti as a valuable tool to provide information on a turbulent and short-lived era in Egyptian history, that has yielded two iconic images, namely, the bust of Nefertiti, and later, the death mask of Tutankhamen. A very worth while read for the amateur Egyptologist.