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"Horizon of the Aten" in Memphis ?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:42 am    Post subject: "Horizon of the Aten" in Memphis ? Reply with quote

Hello to everyone.

Has anyone any documentation regarding the theory that there was an "Akhenaten" in Memphis. I believe there is going to be a presentation at the University of Montreal. I would appreciate any information on this subject as I won't be able to go all the way to Canada !!!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean 'Akhetaten', it isn't?

Maybe not. Some courtiers like Hatiay, held titles as 'scribe of the double granary of the Temple of Aten in Men-Nefer (Memphis)', or Meryneith who was 'scribe of the Temple of Aten in Akhetaten (and) in Men-Nefer'. There was indeed a Temple of Aten in Memphis, but there's no clear evidence that it was also called "Akhetaten".
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2007 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A “Horizon of Aten” in Memphis?

Dr. Valérie Angenot, University of Toronto

Considering some (quite) recent archaeological discoveries in the
Memphite region that raise problems of interpretation, this lecture
will suggest that there might have existed, prior to the foundation
of —or contemporaneous with— the city of Amarna (Akhetaten),
a location in Memphis called “the Horizon of Aten” (Akhetaten).
http://www.geocities.com/jjcastillos/ssea2006.txt

REPORT ON THE 2006 TORONTO
SCHOLARS’ COLLOQUIUM
by JUAN JOSÉ CASTILLOS

V. ANGENOT – A ‘Horizon of Aten’ in Memphis?

– Although the evidence for the title of this paper is limited, the speaker said that we should not automatically assume that every mention of Akhetaten refers to the better known city in Middle Egypt. A talatat that Aldred suggested came from Memphis because it was carved from limestone while the Theban ones were made of sandstone, does not seem to be correct anymore because limestone talatats have been found at Thebes. The speaker also said that we should differentiate between the words Akhetaten and Akhet-n-Aten, the former meaning the horizon of Aten and the city found by Akhenaten and the latter a royal residence. Recent discoveries at Sakkara caused difficulties because a text in one of the statues described the person as an official in Memphis and at Amarna, but the speaker sees this as mentioning a place in Memphis itself, since it would be unlikely for this person to have had his career taking place simultaneously at both Memphis and Amarna. Another individual in a recently found tomb also at Sakkara (Bub. I 27) includes mention of an Akhetaten that if interpreted that the official was situated in Memphis but carrying out functions at Amarna, implies an awkward situation and would be more appropriate if it refers to an Akhetaten in Memphis. The speaker also mentioned other textual evidence that would support that those officials were not working outside Memphis and all references had to do with a Memphite location.

http://www.geocities.com/jjcastillos/toron-en.html
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