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Some Classics...

Akhenaten : The Heretic King by Donald B. Redford. -- A history of the Pharaoh and the archaeologic discoveries through which we know him, with special attention to his time at Thebes. A well-respected classic. Paperback. 288 pages.
$22.91 at Amazon.com / $21.55 at Fatbrain.com / $17.26 at AllDirect.com / 13.56 at Amazon.co.uk /
$22.36(CAN) at Chapters.ca
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Oedipus and Akhnaton by Immanuel Velikovsky -- A classic work by the controversial Velikovsky, who argues that Akhnaton's life was the original inspiration for the myth of Oedipus. A little out of date (1960), but interesting and thought-provoking.
Shade Tree Physics - Oedipus and Akhnaton commentary.
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Some general reading...

The Gods of Ancient Egypt by Pascal Vernus, Erich Lessing (Photographer), Jane Marie Todd (Translator) -- Put your understanding of Akhenaten's religion in perspective, with this up-to-date look at Egyptian religion as a whole and where Akhenaten fits in.
$56.25 at Amazon.com


Image from Shire Egyptology website, click to visitAkhenaten's Egypt by Angela P. Thomas -- A short book from Shire Egyptology with almost as many illustrations as pages (60 vs. 68). It discusses the major topics in the Amarna period. Could be a good, short introduction.
Publisher's Website Blurb
$8.95 at Amazon.com


Moses, Akhenaten, and Biblical History...

Moses and Monotheism by Sigmund Freud -- With Katherine Jones as editor. This classic that argues that Moses met Akhenaten is one of the first in a series of books discussing the relationship between biblical and ancient Egyptian history. One reader writes "...the book is still powerful enough to make you think. And that, I believe, is a rare quality."
Paperback: $7.20 at Amazon.com / $8.00 at Fatbrain.com / $5.76 at AllDirect.com / 5.08 at Amazon.co.uk /
$12.50 at Chapters.ca


Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism by Jan Assmann -- "To account for the complexities of the foundational event in the establishment of monotheism, Moses the Egyptian goes back to the short-lived monotheistic revolution of the Egyptian king Akhenaten (1360-1340 B.C.E.). Assmann traces the monotheism of Moses to this source, and then shows how Moses' followers denied the Egyptians any part in the origin of their beliefs and condemned them as polytheistic idolators. Thus began the cycle in which every "counter-religion," by establishing itself as truth, denounced all others as false. Assmann reconstructs this cycle as a pattern of historical abuse, and tracks its permutations from ancient sources, including the Bible, through Renaissance debates over the basis of religion to Sigmund Freud's Moses and Monotheism." (From Synopsis)
Hardcover $29.95 at Amazon.com
Paperback $18.95 at Amazon.com


Out of Egypt by Ahmen Osman -- A particularly controversial theory that Akhenaten was the original model for the biblical Moses is the base for this book. However, Osman goes further to suggest that Tutankhamun was the historical figure upon which was based the story of Jesus. Judge for yourself, by visiting the website.
$35 Hardcover at Amazon.com
$13.95 Paperback at Amazon.com


More books dealing with biblical history as it related to the Amarna period can be found on the 'scholarly' bookshelf. More weblinks can be found in our links section.

Tutankhamun...

Tutankhamen: Life and Death of a Pharaoh by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt -- This classic on the subject comes highly recommended by Katherine Mann (visit her stunning Tutankhamun's Tomb website). Paperback.
$16.95 at Amazon.com


The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story by Bob Brier -- Is there evidence to support the theory that Aye murdered Tutankhamun?
$18.71 Hardcover at Amazon.com / $11.20 Paperback, and in $24.95 Paperback in spanish (I think).


The Name of the Dead : Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of the Treasures of Tutankhamun Translated by Hany Assaad -- Translates the inscriptions and explains how to translate the most common types: names, funeral formulae and magic sayings.


The Hidden Tombs of Memphis : New Discoveries from the Time of Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great by Geoffrey T. Martin -- Concentrates especially on the tombs of Horemheb and Maya from Tutankhamun's time.


Tutankhamen : Life and Death of a Pharaoh by Christiane Desroches-Noblecourt


Image from Shire Egyptology website, click to visitTutankhamun's Egypt by Frances Welsh -- A short book from Shire Egyptology discussing Tutankhamun's treasures and the rich stories they tell. 60 illustrations.
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$12.50 at Amazon.com


The discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb...

The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen by Howard Carter, Arthur C. Mace -- From the mouth of the discoverer.


A Journey Between Souls : The Story of a Soldier and a Pharaoh by Elaine Edgar -- The behind-the-scenes story of a soldier's role in the discovery of Tut's tomb.


Tutankhamun and the Discovery of the Tomb by Magnus Magnusson


Howard Carter : The Path to Tutankhamun by T. G. H. James

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