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A city of temples, royal palaces, civic offices, and elite tombs—and of small-scale mud-brick dwellings too—Amarna was an urban village where most of its citizens were only two or three steps removed in the social scale from the king. Barry Kemp evokes the sights and smells of Amarna itself, bringing to life its people--not only the royal family, but also prominent citizens such as the high priest Panehsy, the vizier Nakht, the general Ramose, and the sculptor Thutmose, whose bust of Nefertiti is one of the masterpieces of ancient art.The excavations reveal that, although Akhenaten had overturned the old religion and introduced worship of the Aten, the sun’s disk, beneath the surface the old belief in the traditional Egyptian gods continued. Likewise themes of abundance and prosperity depicted in the art are contradicted by new cemetery evidence showing malnutrition in childhood, skeletal injuries, and early death. Insights such as these, together with the beautiful and profuse illustrations, make this volume essential reading for anyone interested in the history of urbanism, the mysterious Amarna interlude, and the enigmatic Akhenaten and Nefertiti, who have fascinated writers as diverse as Sigmund Freud and Noel Coward.
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The advent of a new book from Thames & Hudson is always something to look forward to ... this is a very special book indeed ... offers readers the chance to revise all you thought you knew about the city, its temples, buildings, artwork and inhabitants ... every page of the publication is brimming with new information and detailed plans and diagrams ... challenging and original ... well worth purchasing. --Ancient Egypt
This well-researched book makes evocative reference to the sights and smells of Ancient Egypt. --The Post (Liverpool), Birmingham Post
More than any other study that I am aware of, Kemp's book succeeds in bringing to life the day-to-day workings of this ancient Egyptian capital ... clear and well-written ... This is a superb book, written and illustrated by a superb archaeologist and scholar of ancient Egypt. --Antiquity
Well-written and clearly structured ... very well illustrated. --Egyptian Archaeology
Well-written and clearly structured ... very well illustrated --Egyptian Archaeology
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 2014. Condizione: new. Codice articolo HolzAbe_New_0500291209
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 2014. Condizione: new. Codice articolo think_cr1_0500291209