Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt
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Egypt's sun queen magnificently revealed in a new book by renowned Egyptologist, Aidan Dodson


During the last half of the fourteenth century BC, Egypt was perhaps at the height of its prosperity. It was against this background that the “Amarna Revolution” occurred. Throughout, its instigator, King Akhenaten, had at his side his Great Wife, Nefertiti. When a painted bust of the queen found at Amarna in 1912 was first revealed to the public in the 1920s, it soon became one of the great artistic icons of the world. Nefertiti's name and face are perhaps the best known of any royal woman of ancient Egypt and one of the best recognized figures of antiquity, but her image has come in many ways to overshadow the woman herself.


Nefertiti’s current world dominion as a cultural and artistic icon presents an interesting contrast with the way in which she was actively written out of history soon after her own death. This book explores what we can reconstruct of the life of the queen, tracing the way in which she and her image emerged in the wake of the first tentative decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs during the 1820s–1840s, and then took on the world over the next century and beyond.


All indications are that her final fate was a tragic one, but although every effort was made to wipe out Nefertiti's memory after her death, modern archaeology has rescued the queen-pharaoh from obscurity and set her on the road to today’s international status.


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Date de parution 06 octobre 2020
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EAN13 9781649031686
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 105 Mo

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B Y T H E A U T H O R O FR A M E S E S I I I A I D A N D O D S O N NEFERTITI QUEENANDPHARAOHOFEGYPT H E R L I F E A N D A F T E R L I F E
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NeFe titi QueeN and PhàràOh of egyPt
H E R L I F E A N D A F T E R L I F E
AIDAN DODSON
The American University in Cairo Press Cairo New York
First published in 2020 by The American University in Cairo Press 113 Sharia Kasr el Aini, Cairo, Egypt One Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 www.aucpress.com
Copyright © 2020 by AUC Press
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
Dar el Kutub No. 26215/19 ISBN 978 977 416 990 8
Dar el Kutub Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Dodson, Aidan, 1962— Nefertiti, Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt: Her Life and Afterlife / Aidan Dodson.—Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2020. p. cm. ISBN 978 977 416 990 8 Nefertiti—Queen of Egypt—Active 14th century BC. Queens—Egypt 932
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Designed by Sally Boylan Printed in China
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C ONTENTS
PREFACEABBREVIATIONSANDCONVENTIONSI NTRODUCTION 1 T C N HE RADLE OF EFERTITI 2 QUEENOFEGYPT3 T C Q P O ROWNED UEEN AND HARAOH 4 LIMBO5 RESURRECTION
C HRONOLOGY NOTESB IBLIOGRAPHY SOURCESOFIMAGESI NDEX
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P REFACE
search of the database of Oxford University’s Bodleian Library gives something over a hundred hits for books including the name “Nefertiti” in their title—the theA1912/This included the first13 season of German excavations at Tell el-Amarna. earliest being the 1923 publication of images of the queen excavated during publication of the iconic painted bust that continues to dominate popular perceptions of the queen, and seems thus appropriate as the first stand-alone volume entirely dedicated to her. It was not until another three decades had elapsed that the next appeared, Mary Chubb’sNefertiti Lived Here (1954, with a German translation in 1956, followed by a Russian one in 1961), a charming memoir of excavating at Tell el-Amarna in the 1930s. Subsequently, volumes on the queen rapidly rise in number, ranging from works of poetry and fantasy to serious historical studies (some with, probably unintentional, fantastic elements), and an array of other kinds of work in between. In many works, Nefertiti plays a major role alongside her husband Akhenaten or other members of her family, in particular Tutankhamun. Why, then, add yet another book to this already wide-ranging library? In part, this is because the past few years have revealed new data—or new ways to look at old data—that make even quite recent works obsolescent regarding some aspects of Nefertiti’s career. This is especially true regarding its end, where the 2012 discovery of a single graffito showing that she was alive and still functioning as King’s Great Wife a year before her husband’s death set to naught a range of earlier theories. These new data have, of course, given rise to a whole swath of new ideas and speculations about her and her family. Indeed, the very title of this book indicates the way that the emerging data have fundamentally altered the author’s own views on Nefertiti’s career: my very first published paper, back in 1981, was an explicit denial of the possibility of her ascent to the status of pharaoh, an idea that I now unreservedly embrace!
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