Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
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Amarna Sunset

Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation (Revised Edition) Aidan Dodson

A new account of the return to orthodoxy after Akhenaten’s revolution, now in fully revised paperback

Amarna Sunset 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. This fully updated and extensively revised paperback edition addresses new evidence and discussions that have appeared in the decade since the book was originally published. Amarna Sunset, together with its recently updated companion volume, Amarna Sunrise, accordingly provides readers with a comprehensive, up-to-date overview of Egyptian history during the golden years of the Late Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Near East.
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Aidan Dodson is a senior research fellow in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he teaches Egyptology. He is the author of twenty books and over 300 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//endoftext//endoftext

“Even those who know or care little about Egyptian history have heard of the heretic king, Akhenaten, his wife, Nefertiti and his successor, Tutankhamun. However, most of what the average person has learned is the result of speculation and sensationalist, romantic press. Dodson (archaeology and anthropology, University of Bristol UK) is a well-respected Egyptologist. In this study he reviews what is actually known about the Amarna period and how new discoveries have changed his mind about events and relationships among the royal family. He places the Amarna rulers within the local and international context of Egypt and her neighbors at that time, putting the religious innovations within the larger picture of the governance of Egypt. The book ends with the death of Horemheb, Tutankhamun's successor, and the beginning of the Nineteenth Dynasty. Dodson gives a careful explanation of the evidence for his conclusions and the areas in which there is still debate or uncertainty. Lay readers will be intrigued by the most recent possible explanation of the fate of the beautiful Queen Nefertiti. The research is meticulous and clearly cited. There are many photographs of the sites and stelae, most taken by the author. Dodson combines erudition with expertise to create an exciting account of a much mythologized period.”—Book News//endoftext//endoftext- "In Amarna Sunset, Aidan Dodson has produced a compact book chronicling the demise of the Eighteenth Dynasty from the reign of Akhenaten, through to the dynasty’s final reign of Horemheb. The book is highly readable and is a worthy and useful summary of the political and religious machinations of these times aimed at expert and ‘informed beginner’ alike. . . . Dodson has produced a book that will be an asset to any Amarna scholar’s personal library. The book contains much valuable information, despite its size, and is the perfect introduction to the period for the Amarnan beginner, and its bibliography should enable the reader to follow further research if they so wish."--Peter Robinson//endoftext//endoftext"Dr Dodson . . . has achieved the monumental task of listing the relevant facts without losing the reader in a morass of detail. The result is a concise and highly readable text."—Ancient Egypt Magazine

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