City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti Amarna and Its People

ISBN-10: 0500291209

ISBN-13: 9780500291207

Edition: 2013

Authors: Barry Kemp

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A city of temples, royal palaces, civic offices, and elite tombs—and of small-scale mud-brick dwellings too—Amarna was an urban village where most of its citizens were only two or three steps removed in the social scale from the king. Barry Kemp evokes the sights and smells of Amarna itself, bringing to life its people--not only the royal family, but also prominent citizens such as the high priest Panehsy, the vizier Nakht, the general Ramose, and the sculptor Thutmose, whose bust of Nefertiti is one of the masterpieces of ancient art. The excavations reveal that, although Akhenaten had overturned the old religion and introduced worship of the Aten, the sun’s disk, beneath the surface the old belief in the traditional Egyptian gods continued. Likewise themes of abundance and prosperity depicted in the art are contradicted by new cemetery evidence showing malnutrition in childhood, skeletal injuries, and early death. Insights such as these, together with the beautiful and profuse  illustrations, make this volume essential reading for anyone interested in the history of urbanism, the mysterious Amarna interlude, and the enigmatic Akhenaten and Nefertiti, who have fascinated writers as diverse as Sigmund Freud and Noel Coward.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 1/6/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Barry Kemp is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at CambridgeUniversity and has been conducting research and excavation at Amarnasince 1977. He lives in England.

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