Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt

Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt

Dominic Montserrat


The pharaoh Akhenaten, who governed Egypt within the mid-fourteenth century BCE, has been the topic of extra hypothesis than the other personality in Egyptian heritage. referred to as the originator of monotheism and the world's first recorded person, he has involved and encouraged either students of Egyptology and artistic skills as diversified as Sigmund Freud and Philip Glass.
This provocative biography examines either the genuine Akhenaten and the myths which were created round him. It scrutinises the historical past of the pharaoh and his reign, which has been consistently written in Eurocentric phrases inapplicable to old Egypt, and the archaeology of Akhenaten's capital urban, Amarna. It is going directly to discover the pharaoh's striking cultural afterlife, and how he has been invoked to validate rules as assorted as psychoanalysis, racial equality and fascism. Dr Montserrat makes the purpose that our view of Akhenaten hasn't ever been established merely on historic or archaeological wisdom, yet is a cultural hallucination, prompted through western wants approximately historic Egypt and glossy struggles for legitimation and authority.
Combining up to date historic synthesis with huge new archival examine, Akhenaten: heritage, fable and old Egypt is the 1st ebook to evaluate seriously why the archaeology of old Egypt maintains to fascinate. Theoretically astute and engagingly written, and illustrated with many remarkable photographs by no means formerly released, it's going to attract a person with an curiosity in Akhenaten or within the archaeology of historical Egypt.

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