Akhenaten, also known as Amenhotep IV, was king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty and reigned from 1375 to 1358 B.C E Called the religious revolutionary, he is the earliest known creator of a new religion The cult he founded broke with Egypt s traditional polytheism and focused its worship on a single deity, the sun god Aten Erik Hornung, one of the world s preeminent Egyptologists, here offers a concise and accessible account of Akhenaten and his religion of light.Hornung begins with a discussion of the nineteenth century scholars who laid the foundation for our knowledge of Akhenaten s period and extends to the most recent archaeological finds He emphasizes that Akhenaten s monotheistic theology represented the first attempt in history to explain the entire natural and human world on the basis of a single principle Akhenaten made light the absolute reference point, Hornung writes, and it is astonishing how clearly and consistently he pursued this concept Hornung also addresses such topics as the origins of the new religion pro found changes in beliefs regarding the afterlife and the new Egyptian capital at Akhetaten which was devoted to the service of Aten, his prophet Akhenaten, and the latter s family....
|Title||:||Akhenaten and the Religion of Light: Die Religion des Lichtes|
|Publisher||:||Cornell University Press 49576th edition January 25, 2001|
|Number of Pages||:||160 pages|
|File Size||:||672 KB|
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Akhenaten and the Religion of Light: Die Religion des Lichtes Reviews
This is a transcription of a lecture of some type by Hornung himself. Characteristic of Hornung, he tends to stick with the facts and tries not to interpret from them too much. If the facts as we know them don't support his theories, then he tends to shy away from personal interpretations. He mentions other people's thoughts, though, and closer to the end Hornung gives us his opinion on Akhenaten. It's a mixture of positive and negative--not uncommon among a lot of people, I've found.
_Die Religion des Lichtes_ -or "The Religion of Light" - was originally a lecture given at the Eranos Conference in 1988, hence its berevity (the book weighs in at just over 100 pages.) Perhaps because it was originally a lecture, it is light on original scholarship and long on a restating of previous work by other scholars. In itself this is fine; I was disappointed because I anticipated this would be a more detailed consideration of Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) and the Amarna Period. Beyond my initial disappointment in its scope is the lack of evaluation and assessment of the Amarna Period - even when merely discussing the work of other scholars it is enlightening to weigh, critique and assess the ideas and pet theories of fellow scholars.
Interesting in both detail and the author's opinions. We'll never really know what, why and exactly how the entire "Amarna" period played out since we can't know what the main participants in this strange royal family saga were thinking and feeling, what dynamics they lived in and how they met their final fates. It almost seems that the more detail that is revealed about these people and their lives, the deeper the mystery and the more room for speculation and opinion. It's all a fascinating puzzle with lots of pieces still missing.................It will always hold my interest.
To be honest, having read many books on Akhenaten, I don't think this book added any new information (is there any?), yet compiled all that has been said and as a result you get like a summary of all the theories that have been written on him in egyptology.
So interesting and fascinating even though it's quite thin. I would recommend this wonderfull book for the late summer nights.
"For the first time in history, an attempt was made to explain the entire natural and human world on the basis of a SINGLE principle. Like Einstein, Ahkenaten made light the absolute reference point, and it is astonishing how clearly and consistently he pursued this concept in the 14th century B.C.E., making him in fact the first MODERN human being." (p. 125)