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 atand 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 fedor didn'tinto 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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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
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
Sources of Images 385