Akhenaten: The Heretic King. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Pp. xxvi, , The American Historical Review, Volume. Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. Akhenaten, the heretic king. [Donald B Redford] — Describes the world of Akhenaten, a ruler of ancient Egypt who attempted to introduce.

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The construction of the new capital [at Akhetaten] and new temples was to the detriment of the economy in general and the temple-based economy in particular: Akhenaten is also heertic to have composed the Great Hymn to the Aten. December 7, – April jeretic, Petersberg, pp. One thing that must be remembered is that ‘reformer’ has been over the past century and a half subjected to a wide variety of interpretations depending largely on the fashion of the decade or quarter-century.

Egypt Historyp. Finally, contrary to the conventional view of a ruler who neglected Egypt’s international relations, Akhenaten is known to have initiated at least one campaign into Nubia in his regnal Year 12, where his campaign is mentioned in Amada stela CG and on a separate akhenafen stela at Buhen. It is widely accepted that there are strong stylistic similarities between Akhenaten’s Great Hymn to the Aten and the Akhenaaten Psalmthough this form is found widespread in ancient Near Eastern hymnology both before and after the period.

However, this is unlikely because this disorder results in sterility and Akhenaten is known to have fathered numerous children. Interesting, but delves too deeply into the archeological record for my taste. Based on this, he identified Akhenaten as the history behind zkhenaten Oedipus myth, Oedipus being Greek for “swollen feet”, and moved the setting from the Greek Thebes to the Egyptian Thebes.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The governors and kings of Egypt’s subject domains also wrote frequently to plead for gold from the pharaoh, and also complained that he had snubbed and cheated them.

Redford’s writing is also thought-provoking at times. He looked more feminine then masculine. Indeed, a cache of royal jewelry found buried near the Amarna royal tombs now in the National Museum of Scotland includes a finger ring referring to Mut, the wife of Amun.

The Gempaaten consisted of a series of buildings, including a palace and a structure called the Hwt Benben named after the Benben stone which was dedicated to Queen Tye.

Akhenaten: The Heretic King

Various writers have depicted this strange ruler of the fourteenth century B. However, depictions of members of the court, especially members of the royal family, are extremely stylized, with elongated heads, protruding stomachs, heavy hips, thin arms and legs, and exaggerated facial features.

The rather strange and eccentric portrayals of Akhenaten, with a sagging stomach, thick thighs, large breasts, and long, thin face — so different from the athletic norm in the portrayal of pharaohs — have led certain Egyptologists to suppose that Akhenaten suffered some kind of genetic abnormality.

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Here is a striking portrait of Akhenaten, monotheistic worshiper of the sun and best-known Egyptian king next to Tutankhamen.

In the Theban tomb of Parennefer, Amenhotep IV and Nefertiti are seated on a throne with the sun disk depicted over the king and akhenatwn. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

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There is little or no evidence to support the notion that Akhenaten was a progenitor of the full-blown monotheism that we find in the Bible. But my brother [i. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat His mummy has never been found. American University in Cairo Press,ix. Doyle Netzly rated it liked it Jul 20, He decorated the southern entrance to the precincts of the temple of Amun-Re with scenes of his worshiping Re-Harakhti. Pharaohs in earlier hfretic showed themselves as being well proportioned and taller then aihenaten subjects.


Readers will have to take some aspects of the book and its discussions with a grain of salt. A contribution to the study of the later years of Nefertiti”. Refresh and try again. Until Akhenaten’s mummy is positively identified, such theories remain speculative. When the loyal but unfortunate Rib-Hadda was killed at the instigation of Aziru, [42] Akhenaten sent an angry letter to Aziru containing a barely veiled accusation of outright treachery on the latter’s part.

Thomas rated it liked it Oct 21, The last dated appearance of Akhenaten and the Amarna family is in the tomb of Meryra IIand dates from second month, year 12 of his reign.

Akhenaten the Heretic Pharaoh

And when you wrote saying, ‘May the king, my Lord, give me leave this year, and then Akhenateen will go next year to the king, my Lord [i. The Search for Akhenaten.

This would account for the untimely death of Akhenaten, his abnormal endocrine body shape on sculptures and akhenateh also explain Akhenaten’s religious conviction due to this type of epilepsy’s association with intense spiritual visions and religiosity. The Search for Akhenaten The idea of Akhenaten as the pioneer of a monotheistic religion that later became Judaism has been considered by various scholars.

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