A companion to Abydos in the "New Aspects of Antiquity" series, this book is a remarkable evocation of an ancient city brings together for the first time the history of the site of Tell el-Amarna from its foundation by the pharaoh Akhenaten in c. 1344 bc to its abandonment just 16 or 17 years later, a few years after his death. Nine chapters cover ...
A companion to Abydos in the "New Aspects of Antiquity" series, this book is a remarkable evocation of an ancient city brings together for the first time the history of the site of Tell el-Amarna from its foundation by the pharaoh Akhenaten in c. 1344 bc to its abandonment just 16 or 17 years later, a few years after his death. Nine chapters cover the kings choice of the site and its development, the layout of the city and its buildings, and puts it in the context of the society of the time. Over 260 illustrations, some 50 in colour, bring to life the remains and artefacts found at the site during its excavation. Barry Kemp, Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at Cambridge University, is a world-class scholar and writer and the acknowledged expert on Amarna and Akhenaten. This is certain to become the definitive work.
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-10-08 Kemp (Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization), a distinguished emeritus professor of Egyptology at Cambridge University, brilliantly combines history, archeology, and art history to develop a complete picture of the onetime capital of ancient Egypt. Because it only filled this role for 14 years, Amarna has not played a major role in scholarship until now. After devoting 35 years to the site's still ongoing excavation, however, Kemp can describe a place abandoned for more than 3,200 years with great familiarity. In the process of reconstituting a long-vanished city, the meticulously assembled book also brings to life the exotic, almost alien society once housed there. In addition to portraying the vast wealth of the sun-worshipping pharaoh, Kemp also covers the daily life of commoners. Kemp doesn't neglect Nefertiti, Akhenaten's consort and this reign's best-known feature due to the famous bust of her. A generous selection of illustrations including photographs, architectural plans, and axonometric drawings, combined with accessibly presented archeological theory, make for a beautiful and informative book, a rare find for experts and general readers alike. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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