A groundbreaking historiography of the reign of Akhenaten
More ink has probably been spilled on Akhenaten and his times (‘the Amarna Period’) than any other figure from ancient Egypt, with a vast range of interpretations and theories that can leave the uninitiated utterly bewildered.
Against this background, Akhenaten: A Historian’s View examines what scholars have said over the years regarding key aspects of the period, to produce a ‘history of histories,’ exploring exactly how various chains of arguments were arrived at—and how houses of cards thus erected have subsequently come tumbling down. In particular, it teases out ideas based on solid documentation from those based on theory and fancy, and tracks ways in which new evidence became available, how it was interpreted, and how it fed—or didn't—into the big picture.
This book thus fills a major gap in the literature of the Amarna Period and also contributes to the wider, and much neglected, field of the historiography of ancient Egypt.
Preface Abbreviations Maps 1. Akhenaten: Fashion, Fantasy, and Fact 2. The Theban Years 3. Akhet-Aten: “The Horizon of the Aten” 4. The Cult of the Aten 5. Two Queens 6. An Empire Lost? 7. Smenkhkare, Neferneferuaten, and the End of Akhenaten’s Reign 8. Two Royal Tombs Afterword Notes Bibliography Sources of Figures Index
Ronald T. Ridley is professor emeritus at the School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is the author of twenty books and over one hundred articles. His main interest is the history of the ancient world, particularly Egypt and Rome.
"This is historiography at its best."—Alan L. Jeffreys, Ancient Egypt Magazine
"[W]ill be consumed with gusto by both fans and foes of Akhenaten and the Amarna episode of Egyptian history."—Marianne Eaton-Krauss, Bibliotheca Orientalis
"Ronald T. Ridley’s study of Akhenaten sounds a cautionary note (a whole concert?) against anyone making claims on the distant past. He recounts dozens of conflicting theories on the ruler (supposedly the world’s first monotheist) and dispenses with most of them." —David Lauhrssen, Sheperd Express
"Ridley throws light on why Akhenaten's story continues to intrigue us."—AramcoWorld
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