978-0-500-27621-1 / 9780500276211

Akhenaten: King of Egypt


Publisher:Thames & Hudson



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From Publishers Weekly Until recently, the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten was considered a revolutionary reformer, an idealist and pacifist. But now his monotheism is seen as short-lived, quickly forgotten by the masses after he died; some scholars even consider him an atheist. The romantic image of his deep bond with queen Nefertiti was challenged when a secondary queen named Kiya turned up. We know more about Akhenaten's incest with his daughters, and there is much speculation that the effeminate visual representations of this broad-hipped pharaoh signify that he suffered from a pituitary disorder. In this careful survey of the archeological evidence, Aldred, author of Akhenaten, Pharaoh of Egypt, reviews controversies such as whether the king shared power with a co-regent and the meaning of the "Amarna Letters," 350 cuneiform slabs. Over 100 photographs and sketches bring the latest finds to light. History Book Club and Macmillan Book Club selections. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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