Amarna

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Amarna:

see Tell el AmarnaTell el Amarna
or Tel el Amarna
, ancient locality, Egypt, near the Nile and c.60 mi (100 km) N of Asyut. Ikhnaton's capital, Akhetaton, was in Tell el Amarna. About 400 tablets with inscriptions in Akkadian cuneiform were found there in 1887.
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The Reign of Tudhaliya II and Suppiluliuma I is a significant study of primary sources not only for Hittite studies, but also for scholars of the ancient Near East who have an interest in the Amarna period chronology.
Our goal was to distil this essence of the Amarna period and express its mystique through modern pieces, which can speak to today's luxury acquirer.
This impressive study examines what can be inferred of the auditory culture of the built spaces and performance of rituals during the Amarna period in Egypt.
Michael Curtiz's The Egyptian (1954) combined in its structure several different layers: fragments of the Middle Kingdom stories, fragments of demotic tales, great parts of Mika Waltaris' novel Sinuhe the Egyptian all mixed together with unique image references to one of the bravest endeavors in Egyptian civilization--namely the famous Amarna period. The period itself has been portrayed several times in films from different perspectives in cinematography hailing from America, France, Italy and Mexico.
The stiff, formulaic depictions of past Egyptian art disappeared, replaced with the flowing, organic lines of the Amarna period. Describing the new approach as it applied to depictions of the human body, Helen Gardner in her Art Through the Ages pointed to "the effeminate body" of the statue of Akhenaten from Karnak: "Its curving contours, and long, full-lipped face, heavy-lidded eyes, and dreaming expression are a far cry indeed from the heroically proportioned figures of Akhenaten's predecessors." From this period comes to us also perhaps the most sublime of all portraits, save perhaps for Leonardo's Mona Lisa, the incredible bust of Akhenaten's royal wife, Nefertiti.
In chapter 18 John Day presents six obvious parallels between Psalm 104: 20-30 and the Egyptian King Akhenaten's hymn to the Sun."He proposes that A.khenaten's hymn became known to the Israelite that wrote this psalm during the Amarna period (14 (th) century BCE) when there was frequent contact between Egypt and Canaan (224).
Zahi Hawass places the king in the broader context of Egyptian history, unravelling the intricate and much debated relationship between various members of the royal family, and the circumstances surrounding the turbulent Amarna period. He also succinctly explains the religious background and complex beliefs in the afterlife that defined and informed many features of Tutankhamun's tomb.
The Amarna period was one of the most dramatic chapters in Egyptian history.
The museum was a testament to the Amarna Period, named after its location in southern Egypt that was once the royal residence of Nefertiti.
Freud drew upon the concepts of enlightenment and monotheism offered to him by the Amarna period in order to pin down the origins and foundations of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
Overall this is a very useful book and an enjoyable read with a great many insights into the Amarna period. The information is presented in a scholarly and yet lively way, and although the recent scientific results may invalidate some of its conclusions, it provides a very useful review of the literature relating to the end of the Amarna period.