Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy

Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy


By (author) Aidan Dodson

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 244mm x 28mm | 840g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 9774166337
  • ISBN 13: 9789774166334
  • Illustrations note: 122 black and white, 6 maps
  • Sales rank: 349,205

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The latter part of the fifteenth century B C saw Egypt's political power reach its zenith, with an empire that stretched from beyond the Euphrates in the north to much of what is now Sudan in the south. The wealth that flowed into Egypt allowed its kings to commission some of the most stupendous temples of all time, some of the greatest dedicated to Amun-Re, King of the Gods. Yet a century later these temples lay derelict, the god's images, names, and titles all erased in an orgy of iconoclasm by Akhenaten, the devotee of a single sun-god. This book traces the history of Egypt from the death of the great warrior-king Thutmose III to the high point of Akhenaten's reign, when the known world brought gifts to his newly-built capital city of Amarna, in particular looking at the way in which the cult of the sun became increasingly important to even 'orthodox' kings, culminating in the transformation of Akhenaten's father, Amenhotep III, into a solar deity in his own right.

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Author information

Aidan Dodson is a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of Amarna Sunset (AUC Press, 2009), Poisoned L egacy (AUC Press, 2010), and Afterglow of Empire (AUC Press, 2012).

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"A masterpiece of meticulous scholarship combined with a superbly organized and presented commentary make's Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy an impressive contribution to the growing library of Egyptology Studies and a 'must' for academic library collections in the subject. Of special note are the maps and illustrations the enhance the text, the inclusion of extensive Notes, a 54 page Bibliography, and a comprehensive index. The accessibility of Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy also renders it as ideal for non-specialist general readers with an interest in ancient Egyptian history."--Reviewer's Bookwatch