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Akhenaten : Egypt's False Prophet - Nicholas Reeves


Egypt's False Prophet

Paperback Published: 1st March 2019
ISBN: 9780500294697
Number Of Pages: 208

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Nicholas Reeves’s radical interpretation of a revolutionary king—now available in paperback.

One of the most compelling and controversial figures in ancient Egyptian history, Akhenaten has captured the imagination like no other Egyptian pharaoh. Much has been written about this strange, persecuted figure, whose depiction in effigies is totally at odds with the traditional depiction of the Egyptian ruler-hero. Akhenaten sought to impose upon Egypt and its people the worship of a single god—the sun god—and in so doing changed the country in every way.

In Akhenaten, Nicholas Reeves presents an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of Akhenaten’s seventeen-year reign. Reeves argues that, far from being the idealistic founder of a new faith, the Egyptian ruler cynically used religion for political gain in a calculated attempt to reassert the authority of the king and concentrate all power in his hands. Backed by abundant archaeological and documentary evidence, Reeves’s narrative also provides many new insights into questions that have baffled scholars for generations—the puzzle of the body in Tomb 55 in the Valley of the Kings; the fate of Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s beautiful wife; the identity of his mysterious successor, Smenkhkare; and the theory that Tutankhamun, Akhenaten’s son and heir to the throne, was murdered.

About the Author

Nicholas Reeves is the director of the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, Valley of the Kings, and the curator of Egyptian and classical art at Eton College.

Industry Reviews

"A tremendous read ... brings factional division in ancient Egypt vividly to life."
Birmingham Post

"Reeves leads the reader adeptly through archaeological finds and the latest research on the Amarna period ... an entertaining and informative volume."
Times Higher Education

"Presents ingenious archaeology as a racy, irresistible detective story full of hidden clues (and bodies), magic geometry and ruthlessness masked as mysticism."
New York Times Book Review

ISBN: 9780500294697
ISBN-10: 0500294690
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st March 2019
Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 12.7  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.18

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