By Aidan Dodson
This new learn, drawing at the newest study, tells the tale of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenaten’s non secular revolution within the fourteenth century BC. starting on the regime’s high-point in his yr 12, it lines the following cave in that observed the deaths of a number of the king’s household, his makes an attempt to assure the revolution via co-rulers, and the final frenzied attack at the god Amun. The e-book then outlines the occasions of the next 5 a long time that observed the extinction of the royal line, an try to position a foreigner on Egypt’s throne, and the accession of 3 military officials in flip. between its conclusions are that the mummy of Tutankhamun was once none except Nefertiti, and that the queen was once joint-pharaoh in flip with either her husband Akhenaten and her son. As such, she was once herself instrumental in starting the go back to orthodoxy, undoing her erstwhile husband’s life-work sooner than her personal mysterious disappearance.
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23),7 but Smenkhkare’s most impressive memorial at Amarna is a vast brick-pillared structure, which was added to the Great Palace in the center of the city (ﬁg. 24). Built at least in Fig. 24. Plan of the Great Palace at Amarna, with the so-called “Coronation Hall” on the right. THE WANING SUN 31 part with bricks stamped with what seems to be the building’s name: “Ankhkheperure (in) the House of Rejoicing of the Aten” (ﬁg. 25),8 this has been dubbed the “Coronation Hall,” but in fact no indication of its purpose survives.
On these boundary markers, Akhenaten—as he now was—is joined by his wife Nefertiti, and elder daughters Meryetaten and Meketaten. Nefertiti’s name is expanded to Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti soon after her husband’s change of nomen in Year 5 (appendix 2). The royal family is writ large across 8 INTRODUCTION Fig. 9. The royal family processes in chariots to the Aten temple, escorted by running soldiers, in the tomb of Meryre i (TA4). the broad swath of monuments produced during the reign, not only in ritual scenes in the temples of Amarna and Thebes, but also in the private tombchapels.
50 The ﬁgures of the king and queen have also been reworked, partly to “modernize” their appearance and also to make room for the additional princesses. At least part of the decoration of room α thus seems to date to the earlier part of Akhenaten’s reign—certainly the Aten’s name is in its early form—and to have been revisited when the time came to use it for a burial. In any case, the eldest four daughters T H E N O O N DAY S U N 23 seem unlikely to have been among its occupants. 53 While room γ was clearly decorated speciﬁcally to serve as Meketaten’s burial place, this is not as immediately apparent with room α, dominated as it is by the two scenes depicting the sunrise.
Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation by Aidan Dodson