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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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The Road to Tell El-Amarna

The Road to Tell El-Amarna

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Amarna Sunrise

Aidan Dodson

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter describes and discusses the first part of the reign of Amenhotep IV, down to his change of name to Akhenaten. This highlights the evolution of the way in which the king was depicted, and how the god Aten moved from being merely a particular manifestation of Re-Horakhty to being a deity, with a unique mode of representation and universal dominion. In doing so, the king's building projects at Karnak are described and discussed, along with other memorials of this phase of the reign. There is also a treatment of the king's foreign policy, based on the Amarna Letters, and of his family relationships, before concluding with the first phase of the foundation of the new capital city at Tell el-Amarna (Akhet-Aten).

Keywords:   Akhenaten, Akhet-Aten, Amarna, Amarna Letters, Amenhotep IV, Aten, Karnak, Nefertiti

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