Women in Amarna

Legendary royals, forgotten elite, unknown populace?

Authored by: Katharina Zinn

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910

10.4324/9781315621425.ch18

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Abstract

Amarna (short for Tell el-Amarna or El-Amarna) is the modern Arabic name for the site called Akhetaten – the Horizon of the [sun disc] Aten – during the second half of the 18th Dynasty of the Egyptian New Kingdom. 1 Akhetaten was the newly founded capital of Egypt under Akhenaten/Amenhotep IV and at least one immediate successor 2 during parts of the so-called Amarna Period, which is now defined as covering the reigns from Amenhotep III until Horemhab (1393–1298 bc). 3 It was situated in Middle Egypt, nearly equidistant to Memphis and Thebes.

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