Skip to comments.Researchers to look into Victorian historical 'truths'
Posted on 11/27/2005 7:51:07 AM PST by SunkenCiv
In 1880 when the Victorians discovered Tutankhamun's predecessor Akhenaten, they interpreted their findings to show that the Egyptians were conservative - they emphasised how they rejected the old gods and discovered one god, as well as values of truth and beauty, respectability and honour. It was some contrast to the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in the 1920s which led to a glamorous reinvention of Egypt as glittery and exotic and brutal, like something out of a Hollywood film.
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It is interesting to note that much of the art from his period shows his courtiers attempting to please Akhenaten by having their own images mirroring his in shape and form. It is as if Akennaten is setting the standard for beauty at least during his era. Aging likenesses of Nefertiti show her as a a very human middle aged woman. Her body is slightly overweight and sagging in a very natural and normal way. They let it all hang out with no glorification for either of them.
I will be interested in what new research and perspectives they come up with. As long as they are doing this I wish they would reexamine Richard III's life and times. I just don't buy that he was the villain that Shakespeare needed him to be. From everything that I have read of Richard he was a just and honorable man prior to becoming King. He could not have changed so drastically.
At least one Egyptologist that I know of believes that Akhenaten may have suffered from Marfan Syndrome.Yes, that's not exactly a consensus view, but I'm pretty sure it's widely believed.
Dr. Bob Brier also theorized that because of Akhenaten's deformities he may have been shunned by his family. His abandoning the traditional gods of Egypt when he became Pharaoh, may have been more about asserting himself above them then any religious epiphany. Choosing the Aten as his own personal god and a system of worship that only through Akhenaten were others allowed to know this new god could show a bit of pain tinged with just a touch of revenge.Bob's "Murder of Tut" idea was given the heave-ho by the most recent x-ray study of the dead boy king, and while I like Brier's creepy vibe, I'd advise taking what he says with a grain of natron.
Back to the Armana period: Any theories as to who Neferneferatenefersmenkhkare is? Is he/she in fact Nefertiti as some suspect? If she was, isn't it strange that it is recorded that Merytaten, Akhenaten's eldest daughter would have married him/her? If Nerfertiti isn't Neferneferatenefersmenkhkare then who is he and where did he and Tut come from? Was Ankhensenpaaten (later Ankhsenamum), Akhenaten's daughter who married Tut? How old would she have been if Tut was only 8 or 9 when he came to the throne? >
When it comes to water erosion on the Great Sphinx, I agree with Dr. Schoch. Not too sure that means that there has always been a Great Sphinx there. The head has been recarved, and (according to Schoch and Dobecki) the area around the hindquarters was carved out later. IOW, I could agree that the Sphinx in some form or other predates the 2nd Dynasty, but that it was an image of something else in its earliest form. I don't have Schoch's third book in this vein:
The Life and Death
of the Boy-King
by Christine El Mahdy
Smenkhkhare, the Hittite Pharaoh
BBC History | September 5, 2002 | Dr Marc Gabolde
Posted on 07/30/2004 9:42:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Dynasty 0 (Egyptian colonies in Canaan)
http://xoomer.virgilio.it/francescoraf/hesyra/Dynasty0-Raffaele_AH17.pdf | Francesco Raffaele
Posted on 11/27/2004 9:48:47 PM PST by SunkenCiv
Theban Mapping Project (Valley of the Kings etc)
Theban Mapping Project | 1980s to present | Kent Weeks et al
Posted on 01/13/2005 8:03:55 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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One other thing, I have a few books that I could throw out they are obviously irrelevant now! LOL! :0(
Sell 'em on eBay. ;')
Who would want 'em? Maybe someone who is more of a newbie to the subject than me? =)
What are they?
Life in Ancient Egypt (?)
Early Life on the Nile. (?)
Ramesses the Great (yes, with two ss)
There are others, but I would have to drag them out of the boxes I have them stored in (I have moved several times in the last couple of years). Ancient Egypt is relatively new (published in 2002), and can still be found in a local Barnes and Noble. The others are pretty old and not in very good condition (soft covers with the glue coming away from the spines and pages falling out). I was only kidding about throwing them out. I have moved them from New York and all around the east and west coasts of Florida. Considering that, I would say their home is pretty secure. LOL!
There's bound to be cool stuff in 'em. Yeah, when Ramses became Ramesses, the spelling changed. ;')
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