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    DescriptionAkhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 B.C. E. Called the "religious revolutionary," he is the earliest known creator of a new religion. The cult he founded broke with Egypt's traditional polytheism and focused its worship on a single deity, the sun god Aten. Erik Hornung, one of the world's preeminent Egyptologists, here offers a concise and accessible account of Akhenaten and his religion of light.Hornung begins with a discussion of the nineteenth-century scholars who laid the foundation for our knowledge of Akhenaten's period and extends to the most recent archaeological finds. He emphasizes that Akhenaten's monotheistic theology represented the first attempt in history to explain the entire natural and human world on the basis of a single principle. "Akhenaten made light the absolute reference point," Hornung writes, "and it is astonishing how clearly and consistently he pursued this concept." Hornung also addresses such topics as the origins of the new religion; pro-found changes in beliefs regarding the afterlife; and the new Egyptian capital at Akhetaten which was devoted to the service of Aten, his prophet Akhenaten, and the latter's family.


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    Title
    Akhenaten and the Religion of Light
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Erik Hornung, Translated by David Lorton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801487255
    ISBN 10: 0801487250
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAE
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15400
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC21: 299.31
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP1
    DC22: 299.31
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS009000, HIS002030
    B&T Approval Code: A13364000
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAE
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHC, QRSA, NHHA
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    23
    Publisher
    Cornell University Press
    Imprint name
    Cornell University Press
    Publication date
    25 January 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Ithaca
    Review quote
    "This short and eminently readable translation. . . focuses on the nature of Akhenaten's religion, religious beliefs, and cultic practices, bringing together concepts and discussions from a wide range of scholarly writing." Susan Tower Hollis, SUNY Empire State College. Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 121, No. 3 (2001)"