Akhenaten: Egypt's false prophet

This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 13th May 2019

One of the most compelling and controversial figures in history, Akhenaten has captured the imagination like no other Egyptian pharaoh. Much has been written about this strange, persecuted figure, whose freakishly elongated and effeminate appearance is totally at odds with that of the traditional Egyptian ruler-hero. Known today as a heretic, Akhenaten sought to impose upon Egypt and its people the worship of a single god – the sun – and in so doing changed the country in every way.

Nicholas Reeves presents an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of his seventeen-year reign. Reeves argues that, far from being the idealistic founder of a new faith, Akhenaten cynically used religion for purely political ends in a calculated attempt to reassert the authority of the king – to concentrate all power in his own hands. Backed up by abundant archaeological and documentary evidence, Reeves will look at new insights into questions that have baffled scholars for generations – the puzzle of the body in Tomb 55 in the Valley of the Kings; the fate of Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s beautiful wife, and the identity of the mysterious successor, Smenkhkare; and the theory that Tutankhamun, Akhenaten’s son and true heir, was murdered.

This lecture includes a complimentary drink and will be followed by a book signing.

Cost: £15

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2019-05-13 2019-05-13 Europe/London Akhenaten: Egypt's false prophet Nicholas Reeves presents an entirely new perspective on the turbulent events of his seventeen-year reign. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/05/13/akhenaten-egypts-false-prophet-198315 The British Museum,Great Russell Street, London,London,London

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