Akhenaten: A Historian's View

Akhenaten: A Historian's View

by Ronald T. Ridley

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More ink has probably been spilled on Akhenaten and his times (‘the Amarna Period’) than any other figure from ancient Egypt, with a vast range of interpretations and theories that can leave the uninitiated utterly bewildered. Against this background, Akhenaten: A Historian’s View examines what scholars have said over the years regarding key aspects of the period, to produce a ‘history of histories,’ exploring exactly how various chains of arguments were arrived at—and how houses of cards thus erected have subsequently come tumbling down. In particular, it teases out ideas based on solid documentation from those based on theory and fancy, and tracks ways in which new evidence became available, how it was interpreted, and how it fed—or didn't—into the big picture. This book thus fills a major gap in the literature of the Amarna Period and also contributes to the wider, and much neglected, field of the historiography of ancient Egypt.

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ISBN-13: 9781617979446
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 681,762
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

Ronald T. Ridley is professor emeritus at the School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is the author of twenty books and over one hundred articles. His main interest is the history of the ancient world, particularly Egypt and Rome.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Abbreviations xiii

Maps xv

1 Akhenaten: Fashion, Fantasy, and Fact 1

2 The Theban Years 1

3 Akhet-Aten: "The Horizon of the Aten" 61

4 The Cult of the Aten 125

5 Two Queens 183

6 An Empire Lost? 225

7 Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, and the End of Akhenaten's Reign 249

8 Two Royal Tombs 279

Afterword 315

Notes 317

Bibliography 353

Sources of Images 385

Index 389

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