Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-reformation

Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-reformation


By (author) Aidan Dodson

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 23mm | 703g
  • Publication date: 30 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 9774163044
  • ISBN 13: 9789774163043
  • Sales rank: 160,246

Product description

This is a new account of the return to orthodoxy after Akhenaten's revolution. This new study, drawing on the latest research, tells the story of the decline and fall of the Pharaoh Akhenaten's religious revolution in the fourteenth century BC. Beginning at the regime's high-point in his Year 12, it traces the subsequent collapse that saw the deaths of many of the king's loved ones, his attempts to guarantee the revolution through co-rulers, and the last frenzied assault on the god Amun. The book then outlines the events of the subsequent five decades that saw the extinction of the royal line, an attempt to place a foreigner on Egypt's throne, and the accession of three army officers in turn. Among its conclusions are that the mother of Tutankhamun was none other than Nefertiti, and that the queen was joint-Pharaoh in turn with both her husband Akhenaten and her son. As such, she was herself instrumental in beginning the return to orthodoxy, undoing her erstwhile husband's life-work before her own mysterious disappearance.

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Author information

AIDAN DODSON is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he teaches Egyptology. He is the author of eleven books and over 200 reviews and articles.

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Intriguing and involving historical study and extrapolation. Amarna Sunset is an absolute must for college library Egyptology collections. Midwest Book Review