Akhenaten: The Heretic King. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Pp. xxvi, , The American Historical Review, Volume. Loading data.. Open Bottom Panel. Go to previous Content Download this Content Share this Content Add This Content to Favorites Go to next Content. ← →. Akhenaten, the heretic king. [Donald B Redford] — Describes the world of Akhenaten, a ruler of ancient Egypt who attempted to introduce.

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Another unfounded claim was made by Immanuel Velikovskywho hypothesized an incestuous relationship with his mother, Tiye.

However, depictions of members of the court, especially members of the royal family, are extremely stylized, with elongated heads, protruding stomachs, heavy hips, thin arms and legs, and exaggerated facial features. Heretuc was destroyed and demolished soon after his death. Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt. His paintings were detailed and unique in that they showed naturalism along the Nile River. A fascinating look at the Amarna period, with particular focus on the early years of Akhenaten’s reign.

If you don’t know who Akhenaten is, well, you probably don’t care about this book one way or the other.

Akhenaten: The Heretic King

Freud argued that Akhenaten was striving to promote monotheism, something that the biblical Moses was able to achieve. Message of Yapahu, the ruler of Gazruyour servant, the dirt at your feet. Akhenaten Smenkhkare Neferneferuaten Tutankhamun Ay.

Akhenaten acknowledged that Aten was the single god jing Re, the sun god. During the 12th year of his reign, Queen Tiy joined Akhenaten in his city.

Akhenaten the Heretic Pharaoh

Your father himself recast the statues [i]n the presence of my messengers, and he made them entirely of pure gold The last dated appearance of Akhenaten and the Amarna family is in the tomb of Meryra IIand dates from second month, year 12 of his reign. The Heretic King by Donald B. But my brother [i. The governors and kings of Egypt’s subject domains also wrote frequently to plead for gold from the pharaoh, and also complained that he had snubbed and cheated them. Smarthistory at Khan Academy.


Kijg also appears, both beside the herteic and alone or with her daughtersin actions usually reserved for a pharaoh, suggesting that she enjoyed unusual status for a queen. I am indeed guarding the place of the king, my lord, the Sun of the hreetic, where I am, and all the things the king, my lord, has written me, I am indeed carrying out — everything!

Various uninscribed and damaged stelae depict Akhenaten with what appears to be a coregent wearing a king’s crown in familiar if not intimate settings even naked. Indeed there is an abundance of everything, but not with me [here].

Ever since reading Freud’s Moses and Monotheism I’ve been interested in what we know about Akhenaten, who, with his wife Nefertiti, has carried a lot of retrospective cultural baggage, some of which I’ve read in more popular books.

Not to be confused with Akhaten.

Akhenaten, on the other hand, was depicted as being at equal level with his surroundings that showed him in inappropriate scenes. Akhenaten described himself as “thy son who came forth from thy limbs”, “thy child”, “the eternal son that came forth from the Sun-Disc”, and “thine only son that came forth from thy body”. Most of the cities in Egypt were deprived of their estates and plantations. He is married to Herstic Redford, who is also an Egyptologist currently teaching classes at the university.

Wetjes-khau-em-Iunu-Shemay Year [5]. An overwhelmingly large number of faience amulets akhenatten Amarna also show that talismans of the household-and-childbirth gods Bes akhenatdn Taweret, the eye of Horus, and amulets of other traditional deities, were openly worn by its citizens. His mummy has never been found.

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As a young child Akhenaten was raised in a traditional Ancient Egyptian manner and observed religious rituals to the god Amon. The Gempaaten consisted of a series of buildings, including a palace and a structure called the Hwt Benben named after the Benben stone which was dedicated to Queen Nefertiti.

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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Unlike most pharaohs, Akhenaten portrayed himself less god like and more human. Still, this is an excellent study, better written than most such scholarly works. The Search for Akhenaten.

In the end, Akhenaten was forced to release Aziru back to his homeland when the Hittites advanced southwards into Amkithereby threatening Egypt’s series of Asiatic vassal states, including Amurru. This correspondence comprises a priceless collection akhdnaten incoming messages on clay tablets sent to Akhetaten from various subject rulers through Egyptian military outposts and from the foreign rulers recognized as “Great Kings” of the kingdom of Mitanniof Babylon, of Assyria, and of Hatti.

Akhenaten, the Heretic King – Donald B. Redford – Google Books

But what of Akhenaten? Now the king has heard as follows, “You are at peace with the ruler of Qidsa.

Aten is the sun god and was taken into battle with Tuthmosis IV and later taken by Akhenaten. Most users should sign in with their email address. Various illnesses have been put forward. Ancestors of Akhenaten Redford includes the research and the opinions of his colleagues in Egyptology, as well.

Ancient Egyptian religion Atenism. Skip to content Skip to main menu Menu. Similarly, although it is accepted that Akhenaten himself died in Year 17 of his reign, the question of whether Smenkhkare became co-regent perhaps two or three years earlier or enjoyed a brief independent reign is unclear.

Open Preview See a Problem? Redford has noted that some have viewed Akhenaten as a harbinger of Jesus. Initially, he permitted worship of Egypt’s traditional deities to continue but near the Temple of Karnak Amun-Ra’s great akhenaaten centerhe erected several massive buildings including temples to the Aten.