Amarna - The Sacred City of Akhetaten


What is Akhetaten / el-Amarna?
Akhetaten (or el-Amarna, as it is called now), is a city that was built by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten. Akhenaten and his beautiful wife Nefertiti founded a new monotheist religion and they wanted to convert the country somehow, but they realized that the power of Thebes and its priests is very challenging, so they wanted to move the capital to a new city, thus Akhetaten was founded, for the sole purpose of praising the new monotheist god, Aten.

What makes Akhetaten unique is the fact that the spot wasn't occupied before the city was built, and was abandoned right after the city's short life as a capital.

Posters of el-Amarna/Akhetaten.
There are a few posters taken from the actual site of el-Amarna. They are available online if you want to buy one of them. If you click on one of these pictures, you will be taken to a page where you will find the price and the details of each picture, the sizes and prices vary, but basically, the average size is 18 x 24 inches. A good idea if you want to hang them on your wall. Let's take a look:
Pharaoh Akhenaten, Tel el Amarna, Amarna, EgyptNile Perch, Amarna, EgyptAmarna Ruins at Sunrise

Books about el-Amarna:
Though el-Amarna city had a very short life, it represents a very important era of ancient Egypt history, many books were completely dedicated just for that city and the innovation it represented both on the spiritual and architectural sides.

The Amarna LettersAmarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International RelationsThe Amarna Age: A Study of the Crisis of the Ancient WorldAmarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation

Please note that the last book "Amarna Sunset" takes on the ending of el-Amarna period and the restoration of the old Theban way of life. It is still very interesting, though.

Amarna - The Sacred City of Akhetaten


What is Akhetaten / el-Amarna?
Akhetaten (or el-Amarna, as it is called now), is a city that was built by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten. Akhenaten and his beautiful wife Nefertiti founded a new monotheist religion and they wanted to convert the country somehow, but they realized that the power of Thebes and its priests is very challenging, so they wanted to move the capital to a new city, thus Akhetaten was founded, for the sole purpose of praising the new monotheist god, Aten.

What makes Akhetaten unique is the fact that the spot wasn't occupied before the city was built, and was abandoned right after the city's short life as a capital.

Posters of el-Amarna/Akhetaten.
There are a few posters taken from the actual site of el-Amarna. They are available online if you want to buy one of them. If you click on one of these pictures, you will be taken to a page where you will find the price and the details of each picture, the sizes and prices vary, but basically, the average size is 18 x 24 inches. A good idea if you want to hang them on your wall. Let's take a look:
Pharaoh Akhenaten, Tel el Amarna, Amarna, EgyptNile Perch, Amarna, EgyptAmarna Ruins at Sunrise

Books about el-Amarna:
Though el-Amarna city had a very short life, it represents a very important era of ancient Egypt history, many books were completely dedicated just for that city and the innovation it represented both on the spiritual and architectural sides.

The Amarna LettersAmarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International RelationsThe Amarna Age: A Study of the Crisis of the Ancient WorldAmarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation

Please note that the last book "Amarna Sunset" takes on the ending of el-Amarna period and the restoration of the old Theban way of life. It is still very interesting, though.

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