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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Akhenaten the Heretic Pharaoh

May he send me much gold in order that my brother [with the gold and m]any [good]s may honor me. This was a tendency that the last 18th Dynasty pharaoh Horemheb was compelled to deal with by threatening to cut off the nose of any officials who were found to be involved in state corruption or abuses in a xkhenaten stela erected near the 10th pylon of Wkhenaten.

Harvard University Press Laura rated it liked it Jan 22, Yet, even at Amarna itself, some courtiers kept such names as Ahmose “child hereetic the moon god”, the owner of tomb 3and the sculptor’s workshop where the famous Nefertiti bust and other works of royal portraiture were found is associated with an artist known to have been called Thutmose “child of Thoth”.

The Amarna Lettersa cache of diplomatic correspondence discovered in modern times at el-Amarna the modern designation of the site of Akhetatenhave provided important evidence about Akhenaten’s reign akhenatem foreign policy. Come yourself, or send your son [now], and heregic will see the king at whose sight all lands live.

He soon decreed the construction of a temple dedicated to the Aten in Eastern Karnak. With Akhenaten’s death, the Aten cult he had founded fell out of favor: To some is a forerunner of Christ, to other a great mystic whose teaching is still relevant.

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Akhenaten: The Heretic King by Donald B. Redford

Heretkc the end, Akhenaten was forced to release Aziru back to his homeland when the Hittites advanced southwards into Amkithereby threatening Egypt’s series of Asiatic vassal states, including Amurru.

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Aten’s name also is written differently after Year 9 to emphasize the radicalism of the new regime, which included a ban on imageswith the exception of a rayed solar disc, in which the rays commonly depicted ending in hands appear to represent the unseen spirit of Aten, who by then was evidently considered not merely a sun god, but rather a universal deity. Now the king has heard as follows, “You are at peace with the ruler of Qidsa.


PBS Distribution,Internet video. You will never think of history in the same way after reading this great scholar and tireless Egyptologist. On several monuments, the two are shown seated side by side. No trivia or quizzes yet. Akhenaten soon provided her with housing and constructed a temple in honor of her. The Heretic King by Donald B. And if you did act akhenaaten, still all the things you wrote were not true.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in te, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Nefertiti was no longer a favorite to Akhenaten and she soon disappears from the time period. May 03, Megaera rated it it was amazing. A successful Hittite attack on Mitanni and its ruler Tushratta would have disrupted the entire international balance of power in the Ancient Middle East at a time when Egypt had made peace with Mitanni; this would cause some of Egypt’s vassals to switch their allegiances to the Hittites, as time would prove.

However, Dominic Montserrat in Akhenaten: Refresh and try again. Redford’s writing is objective and is clearly written.

This letter shows that Akhenaten paid close attention to the affairs of his vassals in Canaan and Syria. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Similarly, although it is accepted that Akhenaten himself died in Year 17 of his reign, the question of whether Smenkhkare became co-regent perhaps two or three years earlier or enjoyed a brief independent reign is unclear.

Mauro rated it really liked it Aug 07, During this time he did not repress the worship of Amun, and the High Priest of Amun was still active in the fourth year of his reign.

Thames and Hudson, Ltd. You will never think of history Dr. However Akhenaten’s case may be different through the emphasis placed on the heavenly father and son relationship. If you don’t have a particular opinion on Akhenaten, then this book will probably be interesting, in t Whether you’ll find this book a good read depends largely on your opinion of Akhenaten.


He is his father’s image on earth, and as Akhenaten is king on earth, his father is king in heaven. Nor have you sent me the goods that your father was going to send me, but you have reduced [them] greatly.

Questions remain whether the beauty of Nefertiti is portraiture or idealism. In fact, the king has reflected on them as follows, “Everything you have said is not friendly. This correspondence comprises a priceless collection of incoming messages on clay tablets sent to Akhetaten from various subject rulers through Egyptian military outposts and from the foreign rulers akhenatenn as “Great Kings” of the kingdom of Mitanniof Babylon, of Assyria, and of Hatti. Herstic secondary wife of Akhenaten named Kiya is known from inscriptions.

While much of this book details the archaeology, author Redford concludes with his own, plausible reconstruction of the personality of Akhenaten and the character of his administration. December 7, – April 13, Petersberg, pp. Mostafa Ra’fat rated it it was amazing Apr 18, It does seem certain that like his father, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten named at least one daughter as Great Royal Wifebut this tbe not necessarily indicate she was his sexual consort as the position was also an kahenaten ceremonial position.

Most users should sign in with their email address. However, as an autosomal recessive disease, it seems to fit better into Akhenaten’s family tree — Akhenaten’s parents, Amenhotep III and Tiye, were probably healthy, and Marfan Syndrome was ruled out following DNA tests on Tutankhamun in If this kingg impossible, I will send my son in my place’ — the king, your lord, let you off this year in accordance with what you said. Stone building blocks from Akhenaten’s construction projects were later used as foundation stones for subsequent rulers’ temples and tombs.