Akhenaten: A Historianís View
Ridley, Ronald T.
Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2019 pp. xix + 396. $79.95
The AUC History of Ancient Egypt, 1
Description: More ink has probably been spilled on Akhenaten and his times (Ďthe Amarna Periodí) than any other figure from ancient Egypt, with a vast range of interpretations and theories that can leave the uninitiated utterly bewildered. Against this background, Akhenaten: A Historianís View examines what scholars have said over the years regarding key aspects of the period, to produce a Ďhistory of histories,í exploring exactly how various chains of arguments were arrived at―and how houses of cards thus erected have subsequently come tumbling down. In particular, it teases out ideas based on solid documentation from those based on theory and fancy, and tracks ways in which new evidence became available, how it was interpreted, and how it fed―or didn't―into the big picture. This book thus fills a major gap in the literature of the Amarna Period and also contributes to the wider, and much neglected, field of the historiography of ancient Egypt.
Subjects: Ancient Near East, Egyptian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology
Review by James K. Hoffmeier
Citation: James K. Hoffmeier, review of Ronald T. Ridley, Akhenaten: A Historianís View, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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