The Unknown Tutankhamun - Bloomsbury Egyptology (Paperback)
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The Unknown Tutankhamun - Bloomsbury Egyptology (Paperback)

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Paperback 208 Pages / Published: 17/12/2015
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The reign of Tutankhamun was of major significance in the history of ancient Egypt. Following Howard Carter's discovery of the king's tomb in 1922, the story of the boy who became Pharaoh, died young and was buried in splendor at the height of Egyptian civilization captivated generations. But there exists a wide discrepancy between that saga and what scholarship has discovered in the last few decades about Tutankhamun's reign. A truer story is revealed, not by objects from his tomb, but by statuary, reliefs, paintings, and architecture from outside the Valley of the Kings. Marianne Eaton-Krauss, a leading authority on the boy king and the Amarna Period, guides readers through the recent findings of international research and the relevant documentation from a wide variety of sources, to create an accessible and comprehensive biography. Tracing Tutankhamun's life from birth to burial, she analyzes his parentage, his childhood as Prince Tutankhaten, his accession and change of name to Tutankhamun, his role in the restoration of the traditional cults and his own building projects, his death and burial, and the attitudes of his immediate successors to his reign. Illustrated with color and black-and-white images, the book includes extensive endnotes and selected bibliography, which will make it essential reading for students and scholars as well as anyone interested in Tutankhamun.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472575616
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 434 g
Dimensions: 244 x 169 x 10 mm


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Packed with important information and attractively produced ... [This book] is an important critical review of many of the key topics and theories relating to the reign of Tutankhamun, and as such is a 'must have' for anyone with a serious interest in the Amarna Period and its aftermath. * Egyptian Archaeology *
A useful discussion of the evidence relating to a pivotal figure in the history of ancient Egypt. * Ancient Egypt *
[The book offers] careful interpretation of inscriptions and artistic trends. * AramcoWorld *
Eaton-Krauss has provided a fine service by gathering together so much information [from foreign-language studies] ... She has produced a book that is extremely fascinating for anyone interested in Tutankhamun and at the same time, with copious notes, providing valuable material for professional Egyptologists. * Classics for All Reviews *
As a leading expert on the monuments, texts, and images relating to Tutankhamun, Marianne Eaton-Krauss has provided a fascinating account of the young king's reign that is both engaging and scholarly. Drawing on a wide range of material known only to specialists, the author goes far beyond the endlessly repeated and often sensationalised narratives about the young king and the discovery of his tomb to truly tell the story of the unknown Tutankhamun. -- Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, Emory University, USA
Dr Eaton-Krauss's thoroughly researched book restores `King Tut' to his true historical significance. It presents a complete picture of a fascinating personality which intrigues as well as charms. Young Tutankhamun was on the Egyptian throne during an exciting period when the country was recovering from the effects of a profound political, economic and ideological revolution instigated by the `heretic' king Akhenaten. Tutankhamun's childhood and the `restoration period' during which he reigned are described and analysed. The King's extensive building activities and the intensive production of sculptures of the traditional deities are discussed in detail. His premature death and the difficulties accompanying the preparation of his burial are explained. This is a book which will satisfy specialists as well as amateurs. -- Jaromir Malek, Senior Research Associate, Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, UK, and author of The Treasures of Tutankhamun (2012)
Marianne Eaton-Krauss has been recognized as a scholar of Tutankhamun and a truth-teller for decades. When she applies her careful and incisive powers of reason to the hundreds of recently published books and articles on this king, the reader learns what is what, without the drama so frequently draped over everything Tutankhamun. -- Betsy M. Bryan, Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University, USA

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