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    DescriptionThe pharaoh Akhenaten, who ruled Egypt in the mid-fourteenth century BCE, has been the subject of more speculation than any other character in Egyptian history. Often called the originator of monotheism and the world's first recorded individual, he has fascinated and inspired both scholars of Egyptology and creative talents as diverse as Sigmund Freud and Philip Glass. This provocative biography examines both the real Akhenaten and the myths that have been created around him. It scrutinises the history of the pharaoh and his reign, which has been continually written in Eurocentric terms inapplicable to ancient Egypt, and the archaeology of Akhenaten's capital city, Amarna. It goes on to explore the pharaoh's extraordinary cultural afterlife, and the way he has been invoked to validate ideas as diverse as psychoanalysis, racial equality and fascism. Dr Montserrat makes the point that our view of Akhenaten has never been based purely on historical or archaeological knowledge, but is a cultural hallucination, influenced by western desires about ancient Egypt and modern struggles for legitimation and authority. Combining up-to-date historical synthesis with extensive new archival research, Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt is the first book to assess critically why the archaeology of ancient Egypt continues to fascinate. Theoretically astute and engagingly written, and illustrated with many striking images never previously published, it will appeal to anyone with an interest in Akhenaten or in the archaeology of ancient Egypt.


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    Title
    Akhenaten
    Subtitle
    History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dominic Montserrat
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 530 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415301862
    ISBN 10: 0415301866
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    DC21: 932.014092
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Approval Code: A14202020
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002030
    LC classification: CC
    DC22: 932.014092
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAE
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DT87.4 \.M64 2003
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHC, NHG
    Edition
    Annotated
    Illustrations note
    21 line drawings, 22 b&w photographs
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    01 March 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    'I can thoroughly recommend the refreshingly idiosyncratic approach to the phenomenon of Amarna in Akhenaten. Dr Montserrat has clearly read both deeply and widely in areas which for many of us are very much at the periphery of our Egyptological interests.' - Egyptian Archaeology
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations Outline Chronology Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Conventions 1. Akhenaten in the mirror 2. Histories of Akhenaten 3. The Archaeologies of Amarna 4. Protestants, Psychoanalysts and Fascists 5. Race and Religion 6. Literary Akhenatens 7. Sexualities 8. Epilogue Appendix Notes Bibliography Index