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Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation

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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 ...more
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Published November 15th 2009 by American University in Cairo Press, The (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jo Burl
May 29, 2010 Jo Burl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I haven't quite finished this book, I feel compelled to write a review. I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The writing is great, the ideas pretty sound, and I only took one star away because some of the illustrations are hard to really examine without a magnifying glass - at least for these middle aged eyes, and because the book doesn't go into quite enough depth. To be fair in the preface, the author, Aidan Dodson forewarns that some of us may complain that he doesn't go into enough ...more
Libbie Hawker (L.M. Ironside)
If you have a foundation of basic knowledge regarding Egyptology or ancient Egyptian history, there is much to love in this book. As a big skeptic and promoter of rational thought, I must admit that Dodson rather won me over and primed me to agree with him by admitting in his foreword that he was once on a different thought-bandwagon but changed his position on certain aspects of Amarna Egyptology when new or better evidence was found. I like a person who can admit to having an open and flexible ...more
Chris
Apr 15, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Interesting and easy enough read for a layman. Have to say, however, that the illustrations do not translate well in the Kindle edition. Very washed out.

Still I learned much about Tut, Horemheb, and Ay. Good look at issues of conflict.
Lisa
The first thing I will say is that isn't a book about Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and largely glosses over Akhenaten's revolution to focus on the issue of the Amarna succession, from the shadowy Smenkhkare to the restorer Horemheb. So don't pick this up if you want another take on Akhenaten. Since I'm currently interested in Akhenaten's successors, this was the right book for me.

Rightly or wrongly, Dodson assumes that readers will have knowledge of the "early" Amarna period, providing a very brief
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Rob Roy
Nov 07, 2014 Rob Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much has been written about this period, and much of that unscholarly at best. Aidan Dodson gives an excellent overview of the Amarna period debunking much, and clearly defining the scholarly debates still underway. I loved this book but I am an ancient Egypt nut. If you are only a casual reader of this period, I would recommend a more friendly book. If you are caught up in the “he was the first monotheist” school, read it and learn that what is popular is not always true.
Mercurybard
Apr 09, 2011 Mercurybard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dodson does a good job of at least mentioning the many theories out there involving the pharoahs who following the Heretic King to the throne of Egypt...some of which I hadn't heard before. There is a bias there, true, but it was a calm, educated, and novel one.
Robert
Feb 10, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read into the royal culture and tumult immediately following the death of Akhenaten. Must-read for anyone interested in that period.
Leena Maria
Aug 23, 2015 Leena Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dodson's book are among my favorites. He raises interesting theories and all his books about the Amarna era are excellent.
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