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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
Hardcover, 207 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by American University in Cairo Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jo Burl
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
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.
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
Rob Roy
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.
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.
Fascinating read into the royal culture and tumult immediately following the death of Akhenaten. Must-read for anyone interested in that period.
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