By Dominic Montserrat
The pharaoh Akhenaten, who governed Egypt within the mid-fourteenth century BCE, has been the topic of extra hypothesis than the other personality in Egyptian background. This provocative new biography examines either the genuine Akhenaten and the myths which have been created round him. It scrutinises the heritage of the pharaoh and his reign, which has been regularly written in Eurocentric phrases inapplicable to historic Egypt, and the archaeology of Akhenaten's capital urban, Amarna. It is going directly to discover the pharaoh's impressive cultural afterlife, and how he has been invoked to validate every thing from psychoanalysis to racial equality to Fascism.
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This is often ascribed to the priesthood of Amun's opposing the king's religious reforms, but the evidence for this is thin, and there is the question of how effectively the priesthood could have challenged the king. Most priests of Amun were royal appointments: even the wealth invested in the Amun temples and nominally controlled by the priests may have remained at the royal disposal. 2 Akhenaten and Nefertiti about to get into bed together. 3 Akhenaten and Tiye offering to Re<- Harakht~ from the doorway to the court passage in the tomb of Kheruef at Thebes (TT 92), height c.
5 Akhenaten's parents Amunhotep III (in sed-festival costume) and Tiye with daughters, from the temple of Amunhotep III at Soleb in Sudan. Redrawn from Lepsius 1849 III. 32 HISTORIES OF AKHENATEN which were connected with the cult of the goddess Hathor, emphasising both their role in state ceremonies and the royal family's identification with the state gods. There was also a son Djehutmose, apparently older than Akhenaten: inscriptions call him s3 nesu semsu, 'king's elder son'. When we think of Akhenaten, we think of him surrounded by his many female relatives - his mother, wife, daughters and sisters.
Four were daughters - Satamun, Isis, Henuttaunebu and Nebetah. A princess called Baketaten is recorded at Akhet-aten in close association with Amunhotep and Tiye, though not actually named as their daughter. Instead of being a fifth daughter born late in life to Tiye, Baketaten may be one of these sisters given a new Aten-related name (Baketaten means 'She-who-serves-Aten'): much namechanging went on at Akhet-aten. 5). 5 Akhenaten's parents Amunhotep III (in sed-festival costume) and Tiye with daughters, from the temple of Amunhotep III at Soleb in Sudan.
Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt by Dominic Montserrat