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Book: First Civilizations

Chapter: 14 Akhenaten and the Amarna period

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.18672


This chapter treats the 18th Dynasty king Akhenaten who was one of the most controversial people ever to rule ancient Egypt and remains so today. Topics include:

- traditional views of Akhenaten

- the Amarna Letters

- Akhenaten and monotheism

- living in ma'at

- new evidence and revised interpretations

- Akenhaten and the military

- Queen Nefertiti

- Akenhaten's physical appearance

- the legacy of Akenaten

- the re-establishment of the old order

- the discover of Tutankhamun's tomb

- in search of a husband

- the end of the 18th Dynasty

Chapter Contributors

  • Robert Chadwick ( - book-auth-70) 'Bishop's University'