The Amarna Experiment
James C. Thompson, B.A., M.ED.
As Pharaoh, Akhenaten decided to turn into reality his dream of a better world, where everyone worshipped the same God. Ancient Egypt was a conservative country that prized stability and continuity above all else. Would he succeed in getting an entire nation to abandon its traditional gods and goddesses? Would he find an heir willing to continue the experiment after he died?
Young adults will enjoy this fictionalized presentation of the lives of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, and other members of the Egyptian royal family, as they struggle to resolve the conflict between their duty to the country and their love for each other. As the story unfolds, readers will not only gain an understanding of a political and religious crisis, but also see a vivid picture of daily life in Ancient Egypt as a colorful cast of characters goes about its business. A final section, "The Historical Background", examines some of the controversies surrounding the period, and ties the events of the novel to what is actually known about the Amarna Era.
Note to Teachers:
This novel would make excellent supplementary reading for students of Ancient History. Various scenes cover the following:
1. Akhenaten's attempt to introduce monotheism
2. Religion and Religious Ceremonies
4. Funeral procession
5. Outlook on Life
6. City of Amarna (Akhetaten)
9. The Cashless Economy
11. The Egyptian Banquet
12. Tribute Ceremony
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