Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
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October  2009
192 pp.
100 illus. 
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Amarna Sunset

Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation Aidan Dodson

A new account of the return to orthodoxy after Akhenaten’s revolution

This new study, drawing on the latest research, 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.
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Aidan Dodson is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he teaches Egyptology. He is the author of eleven books and over 200 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<br><br>

“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

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