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Amarna SunriseEgypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy$
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Aidan Dodson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166334

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166334.001.0001

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Amarna Sunrise

Aidan Dodson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter deals with the reign of Amenhotep III, covering his family relationships, government, monuments and foreign relations. This includes discussions of the ramifications of the family of his Akhmim-based in-laws and the identities of the holders of the key sacerdotal and secular offices during the reign. There are also discussions of the reign's religious developments, in particular the implications of the innovations brought about at the time of the king's First Jubilee regarding the king's divinity and how this related to subsequent events. It also discusses the question of whether Amenhotep III and his successor Amenhotep IV ever ruled together; it concludes that they did not, although the latter had been formally nominated as crown prince in Year 30, following the death of the first heir, Thutmose B. The discussion of foreign affairs draws principally on the evidence of the Amarna Letters, together with the ‘Aegean’ statue base at Kom el-Hetan.

Keywords:   Akhenaten, Amarna Letters, Amenhotep III, Amenhotep IV, Aten, Kom el-Hetan, Malqata, Tiye, Tjuiu, Yuya

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