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The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak$
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Lise Manniche

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163494

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163494.001.0001

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(p.135) Chapter 5 Pathology
The Akhenaten Colossi of Karnak

Manniche Lise

American University in Cairo Press

In the 1998 writing of Marc Gabolde, Karnak colossi are described as the most “unrealistic” example of the art of the Amarna period and there are reasons which are stated in this chapter. Also, the problem in identifying a pathological condition due to lack of comparison is stated in this chapter. In connection with this, the members of the medical profession have found the case of Akhenaten irresistible and have often been quoted by Egyptologists. Problems in medicine history and the analysis of their case have been one of the main focuses in this chapter. Different interpretations and representations of mummies that helped in giving clearer identity to a medical history are presented as well. These different studies started because of the suspected abnormalities of Tutankhamun.

Keywords:   Marc Gabolde, Amarna, medical history, Egyptologists, Tutankhamun, Karnak, pathology, Akhenaten

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