Donald B. Redford's Akhenaten, the Heretic King PDF

By Donald B. Redford

ISBN-10: 0691035679

ISBN-13: 9780691035673

Describes the realm of Akhenaten, a ruler of historic Egypt who tried to introduce monotheism via worship of the sunlight.

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The mummy and statuary of this king show him to have been very much a scion of the Thutmosids: a thickset man, relatively short, with a round fleshy face and a boyish, cherubic appearance that belied his ferocity. He never tires of telling us in his inscriptions that no one else in the kingdom could match him in feats of strength and endurance. "There was none like him among the vast numbers of troops. Not one of them could draw his bow; none could outrun him. " 17 Like his father, Amenophis exc lied in archery.

1957), 262; J. Van Seters, ArchaeolosiCilI News 8 (1979), 35ff. pot of, que I f r c mter his I but I seen to n' you: reco! Ir II, k took tabli5 no O' letter ward his B T bI 10 yc I!. AMENOPHIS III potentate (scion of a family ofKassite extraction from the Zagros Mountains of western Iran) had agreed to marry his daughter to Amenophis, but re­ quested a shipment of gold first, for a palace he was building: Now as for the gold about which I wrote you, s nd very much gold, as much as possible, now quickly, ( ven) before your (return-) mes­ senger reaches me, ...

IMPERIAL EGYPT an arrow at a copper target, (an arrow) that went right through it and dropped to the ground.... g al I Amenophis II was the first king born to mpire, and in him we detect a congenital "imperialist" spirit. His contempt for "lesser breeds without the law" is as manifest as his pride in his strength. Yet withal he shows a trace of commendable wit. A letter, fascinating because of its lack of con­ vention, which he sent to the viceroy of Nubia, was set on stone by this flattered worthy, and has luckily survived.

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