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Akhenaten

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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 01 October 2009

Melvyn Bragg and guests Elizabeth Frood, Richard Parkinson and Kate Spence discuss the Pharaoh Akhenaten, the ruler who brought revolutionary change to ancient Egypt. During his reign, Akhenaten embarked on a profoundly radical project: he set out to transform his people's deepest religious beliefs, moving from a polytheistic tradition to the elevation of a single solar god, Aten. The changes in art and architecture that followed have led some to call him 'history's first individual'. Despite his successors' attempts to obliterate him from the historical record, Akhenaten - and his wife Nefertiti - have been an endless source of fascination and speculation.Richard Parkinson is an Egyptologist at the British Museum; Elizabeth Frood is a Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Oxford; Kate Spence is a Lecturer in the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt at the University of Cambridge.

  • FURTHER READING

    Aldred, C., Akhenaten, King of Egypt (Thames and Hudson, London 1988)

    Arnold, D. et al., The Royal Women of Amarna: Images of Beauty from Ancient Egypt (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1996)

    Assmann, J., Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism (Cambridge, Mass.; London, Harvard University Press, 1997)

    Assmann, J., Of God and gods: Egypt, Israel, and the Rise of Monotheism (Madison, Wisc.: University of Wisconsin Press, 2008)

    Baines, J., (1998), ‘The Dawn of the Amarna Age’, in Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign, Eds. E. H. Cline & D. O'Connor (University of Michigan Press, 1998), 271–312

    Davies, N. de G., The Rock Tombs of El-Amarna (7 vols) (Gilbert and Rivington, London 1903-8)

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    Freed, R. E., S. D'Auria, et al. (1999), Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen (Boston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston in association with Bulfinch Press/Little Brow, 1999), Exhibition catalogue with an excellent range of images

    Hornung, E., Akhenaten and the Religion of Light (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1999)

    Kemp, B. J. and Garfi, S., A Survey of the Ancient City of el-Amarna (Egypt Exploration Society, London 1993)

    Monserrat, D., Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt (Routledge, London and New York 2000)

    Moran, W. L., The Amarna Letters (Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore 1992)

    Murnane, W. J., Texts from the Amarna Period in Egypt (Scholars Press Atlanta, 1995)

    Peet, T. E. and Woolley, C. L., The City of Akhenaten (3 vols), (Egypt Exploration Society, London 1923-51)

    Redford, D. B., Akhenaten: The Heretic King (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1984)

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