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Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. März 2010

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 207 Seiten
  • Verlag: Amer Univ in Cairo Pr (15. März 2010)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9774163044
  • ISBN-13: 978-9774163043
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,4 x 2,3 x 15,7 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 260.905 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Aidan Dodson wurde in London geboren und wuchs in Slough, Berkshire. Er studierte Ägyptologie an Durham, Liverpool und Cambridge Universitäten, Erlangung seiner BA 1985 seine MPhil in 1986 und promovierte 1995; 2003 wurde er zum Fellow der Society of Antiquaries of London gewählt. Er unterrichtete in der Archäologie & Anthropologie an der Bristol University, wo er jetzt Senior Research Fellow, seit 1996 ist.

Während das Frühjahrssemester 2013 war er William K. und Marilyn M. Simpson Professor für Ägyptologie an der amerikanischen Universität in Kairo.

Im Laufe der Jahre hat gegeben eingeladene Vorträge in UK, USA, Kanada, Ägypten, Dänemark, Italien und Spanien und begleitet regelmäßig Touren nach Ägypten und Sudan. Der Londoner Egypt Exploration Society im Alter von 15 Jahren beigetreten, wurde er im Dezember 2011 seine Vorsitzende Kuratorium gewählt. Dr Dodson traf seine Frau beim unterrichten ihre Ägyptologie an eine Erwachsenenbildung-Klasse und ihr in die Grabkammer ein Wesir vorgeschlagen; Sie leben in Bristol.



Intriguing and involving historical study and extrapolation. Amarna Sunset is an absolute must for college library Egyptology collections. Midwest Book Review

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AIDAN DODSON is a research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK, where he teaches Egyptology. He is the author of eleven books and over 200 reviews and articles.


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Von Massai am 1. Januar 2013
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The book "Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation" by Aidan Dodson is a must for everyone interested in egyptian history, especially the end of the eighteenth dynasty. Easy to read, even I'm not speaking native english, this was my evening lecture. Interesting: here you can read a bit more about the kings Ay and Horemheb.

In a not too strict style of writing to-date knowledge of the latest findings about the late period of 18th dynasty is mediated.

"Dodson's research interests are mainly the burial practices and the dynastic history of ancient Egypt, the history of Egyptology and beside the royal tombs in Europe. He is a member of several organizations and Egyptological chairman since 2011 of the Egypt Exploration Society. Dodson is also co-editor of the popular science magazine KMT. A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt." (german wiki)
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Superb analysis of a complex historical period 25. Januar 2010
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Based upon a singularly cogent, well-reasoned article by Aidan Dodson in a magazine of Egyptian history several months ago, I have been waiting with great anticipation the publication of his new "Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation". Finally, my waiting is over, and the new book is everything that I could hope for. In describing Dodson's approach to the complex history of the "Amarna Period" and its immediate aftermath during Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty, I can do no better than quote from the author's preface: "very little of the Amarna story is indeed fact: much of what we think we 'know' is actually (more or less) inspired guesswork based on what Sir Alan Gardiner so rightly called the 'rags and tatters' that pass for the raw material of ancient Egyptian history writing. As such, scholarly interpretations can change radically overnight with the appearance of new hard evidence. Indeed, readers familiar with my previous published work on the period will doubtlessly be surprised that some or the key conclusions of the first half of this book are diametrically opposite to ideas I have vigorously propounded and defended over the past few decades. However, my change of views has been a result of the availablity of new data, and it is important to be prepared to reconsider one's position, even if it means repudiating long held-beliefs ... Inevitably there are areas where the view put forward is very much my own -- in some ways inevitably, given the lack of real consensus among Amarna Period specialists -- but I have aimed to indicate areas where alternative interpretations exist, and I have made references to them ... [W]here I put forward or support a view that differs from the received wisdom -- rare as that commodity is in Amarna studies -- it is because this is either what seems to produce the most coherent scenario, or what sticks most closely to what the bare evidence suggests. On the other hand, the overall picture put forward inevitably depends on assuming the correctness of certain hypotheses -- but with the acknowledgement that they are just that and do not claim to be 'facts,' whatever those might be!"

I suppose that Aidan Dodson would be the last to claim that his conclusions are cast in concrete and are the ultimate answers to the many questions that bedevil the study of the Amarna Period, but the analysis he presents is both highly detailed and persuasive. Obviously, all will not agree with all of his conclusions (such as that Smenkhare preceded Neferneferuaten, and that Neferneferuaten was indeed Nefertiti, and that she acted as co-pharaoh with both her husband Akhenaten and their son Tutankhamun), but none can deny that those conclusions have been achieved after careful consideration of a broad range of evidence, with the analysis given in a wonderfully coherent, detailed manner.

Seldom have I awaited a book with higher expectations, and seldom have such expectations been met and even exceeded in this manner.
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A Boon for Amarnaphiles 26. Januar 2010
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Professor Dodson has brilliantly brought together the wealth of dated and current material on the enigmatic last years of king Akhenaten's reign and those of the following regents in Egypt's eighteenth dynasty. Like other scholars of the period, Dodson's thoughtful weaving together of the available evidence is based on certain assumptions, something he graciously admits, but anyone fascinated by Nefertiti, Akhenaten, and Tutankhamun will find this book thoroughly intriguing. It will be interesting to learn what other scholars have to say of Dodson's late Amarna scenario.

Two shortcomings: Some illustrations, especially those of N. de G. Davies' meticulous drawings of Amarna tomb paintings, are so small as to almost require magnification. (The interested reader can find full page reproductions of Davies' drawings in "The Rock Tombs of El Amarna" republished by The Egypt Exploration Society, 2003-2005.) And it is a question in the mind of this writer why Dodson does not mention the recently revealed absence of much of the ribcage of Tutankhamun's mummy--an almost certain indication of some kind of mortal accident.

All in all Amarna Sunset is a book to heartily recommend.
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Disappointing to some extent 17. Juni 2010
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I read the original article by this author when it appeared in "Kmt" magazine and was quite excited to get the book. Once it did arrive, however, I found it rather disappointing. The author has proposed a few new variations on the overall confusion of theories concerning the connections within the royal family of Amarna, but I found several of these variations lacking any real support. This book is certainly superior to the 4-hour "Discovery" channel recently aired, however. That program jumped to conclusions like crazy, conclusions that are actually speculations for the most part. Hiwass want the boy found in KV55 to be that of Akhenaten that he takes flimsy evidence and makes a definite conclusion, then he goes on to make others that are not backed by certain evidence. This book isn't that off-the-wall and/or prejudiced toward the author's ideas, but it isn't the revelation it appeared to be before it was published. I found it disappointing, but it is an okay book, just not an important one. Other reviewers state that it is very easy to read and comprehend, but as someone who has read and re-read everything I've ever been able to get my hands on concerning Akhenaten, I don't agree.
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Stylistically dull. 6. Januar 2012
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All aspects of the ancient world have interested me... an interest that I've sustained over the past forty years, so obviously this has entailed extensive reading. I think we've arrived at a stage now where there's a need for scholarly works to be written in an interesting and accessible style to attract more people to this area, especially at a time where interest in the ancient world has dwindled. This is a well-reseached,comprehensive work by a first-rate egyptologist, but tends towards being as dry as the Sahara in places.
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Why You Should Read AMARNA SUNSET ! 6. März 2010
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Aidan Dodson has written a thoughtful, insightful, and provocative book about Amarna and its most famous inhabitants; of course, it must, by its very nature, be at least slightly provocative simply because Akhenaten,
Nefertiti and Tutankhamun are complex mysteries themselves and will continue to be fascinating not only in the realms of history and archaeology but also in terms of cultural challenges to what we know about them, what we think we
know about them and the enormous amount of information about them which might appear during our lifetimes.
He says he has tried to write something for scholar and the interested reader alike and that Dodson has done very well. When I say you should read this fascinating, well-researched book I really mean you should read it over and over. I am on my fourth rereading and the elements which Dodson has offered up, linking a possible
scenario with a suggested visual clue (look at the Berlin stela, for example and how he interprets it), become even more complex and engaging.
Even if you are a follower of another Amarna scholar and feel as if you have a good understanding of this
troubled era, the challenges put forth by this author are good for your brain. Reread Aldred, Reeves, Kemp
(absolutely read Kemp), Tyldesley (fun, engaging!), and then, after you've digested these authors' viewpoints
and comparisons, reread AMARNA SUNSET.

We are on the cutting edge of new information about the players in the drama of the Aten worshippers. DNA
results, new-found talatat and inscriptions and re-examined antiquities are bound to alter theories about
who was whom; but, for an excellently well-thought-out thesis on Amarna, you ought to read this book and
follow-up on his footnotes, which are extensive and extremely helpful.
George Nourse
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