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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 5:49 am    Post subject: Amarna books Reply with quote

I am ordering 2 books from Amazon, but need help deciding between 2. My main AE interest is the late/early post Amarna era. I am definitely ordering Amarna Sunset(Amazon $14.9Cool. I can not decide between Ankhenaten and Tutankhamen: Revolution and Restoration by David Silverman, or Horemheb: The forgotten Pharaoh. by Charlotte Boothe. Any opinions would help. Books are around $11 and $19. Thanks. I did not put this under books as I hope to get opnions from Amarnaphiles mostly
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both are good. I've read Booth's "Forgotten Pharaoh" more recently and enjoyed it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Montuhotep.
Both are quite good, but I found "The Forgotten Pharaoh" much more interesting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I agree with Montuhotep.
Both are quite good, but I found "The Forgotten Pharaoh" much more interesting.


I like books being recommended by fellow members, but one question: Is it Booth, or Boothe? who wrote it, quite important, I almost ended up ordering a book with the same title by Philipp Vandenberg.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toth it is by Charlotte Booth
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Toth it is by Charlotte Booth


Thanks, Herper!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I would give 'Amarna Sunset' a miss.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't read "Sunset" yet, but it's on my shelf. Although I'm prepared to disagree and think, "Yes, but--" frequently, I'm still looking forward to it as I think Aidan Dodson writes quite well. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Granite, what didnt you like about Sunset?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only that it's poorly written - it obviously hasnt't been properly proof-read. Also that is presents pure speculation as solid fact, and builds a whole edifice on those speculations. It's a pity, because Dodson has done some good work in the past.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amarna sunset is a good book, but most of it fell flat on its face when the dna on tuts family was released not long after the book came out.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kylejustin wrote:
amarna sunset is a good book, but most of it fell flat on its face when the dna on tuts family was released not long after the book came out.


Why?
Whom for example does he theorize to be Tut`s parents?
If I remember correctly he favours Semenkhkare (arguing that Akhenaten wouldn`t have chosen a co-regent had he had a son himself) and maybe Meritaten.
Neither can be dismissed even after DNA. Semenkhkare could be KV55 and nothing stops the Younger Lady from being a granddaughter of AIII rather than a daughter.

Sorry, I did not want to turn this thread into another direction, just felt the need to defend Dodson`s book.


To herper, have you ever browsed your local library for books on ancient Egypt?
I hardly buy any books because I borrow most of the books (even fairly new ones) from my library which has an enormous repertoire through interchange with other libraries.
So you could try many books by borrowing and then just buy a few you like most or want to keep for reference.

Just a simple thought Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my local library stinks for books on AE. Most of the books if not all are pre 1975. And I have to admit, I like having my own library for my interests. I could not decide on the 2, so for now I dd order Sunset. After I read that I probably wll order the Horemheb book, since I thnk he has gotten the shaft in history
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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my local library stinks for books on AE. Most of the books if not all are pre 1975. And I have to admit, I like having my own library for my interests. I could not decide on the 2, so for now I dd order Sunset. After I read that I probably wll order the Horemheb book, since I thnk he has gotten the shaft in history


Hints from the Frugal Librarian

Ask your local librarian about interlibrary loan.

Most libraries in the U.S. are part of reciprocal agreements that will enable them to get books from you from all over the state and even out of state. As long as you're a library member in good standing they'll ship it to your local library (for free or at worst a modest charge) and let you know when you can pick it up.

I've gotten access to expensive scholarly books that I could never have afforded to buy that way. Also, it's a good way to "kick the tires" on a book and avoid that "Why did I shell out thirty bucks for this thing." feeling when a book you bought comes up disappointing. If you read it and think you'll refer to it over and over again then you can buy yourself a copy for your personal library.

You'll also develop a reputation in your local library as someone with serious interests and maybe, if you go about it the right way, talk to them about how much in the field of Egyptology has changed and could gently suggest that they work on updating their collection.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

smart ideas! some of those books add u real quick. what I have started to do is check on the ebook sghts. while the information may be outdated, some of those old books are still of interest/value. things like the original book on KV55, the Amarna Letters
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