‘…very original little book…to vividly bring to life a particular period which many people are very interested in. ’ (TheBrowser.com, March 2011)
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The force that forged an empire. The furious thunder of thousands of hooves, the clatter and sheen of bronze armor sparkling in the desert sun, the crunch of wooden wheels racing across a rock–strewn battlefield–and leading this terrifying chariot charge, the gallant Pharaoh, the ribbons of his blue war crown streaming behind him as he launches yet another arrow into the panicking mass of his soon–to–be–routed enemies. While scenes like the one depicted above did occur in ancient Egypt, they represent only one small aspect of the vast, complex, and sophisticated military machine that secured, defended, and expanded the borders of the empire during the late Eighteenth Dynasty. In Tutankhamun′s Armies, you′ll discover the harsh reality behind the imperial splendor of the New Kingdom and gain a new appreciation for the formidable Egyptian army–from pharaoh to foot soldier. You′ll follow "the heretic king" Akhenaten, his son Tutankhamun, and their three Amana–Period successors as they employ double–edge diplomacy and military might to defeat competing powers, quell internal insurrections, and keep reluctant subject states in line. This vivid and absorbing chronicle will forever change the way you think about the glories and riches of ancient Egypt.
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Concise Account of the Amarna Period21 février 2008
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"Tutankhamun's Armies" sets out to be, more or less, a military history of the late Eighteenth Cynasty of Ancient Egytp, the Amarna period of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and Tutankhamen, but in reality the ground covered is much broader than that, providing comprehensive, if concise, descriptions of political and artistic currents of that interesting era. In fact, I cannot think of another book that provides in such a compact format such an illuminating account of the thorny question of who succeeded Akhenaten and what was behind the artistic direction of Eguyptian sculptures and paintings of that era; the authors construct a persuasive theological framework for what happened during Akhenaten's reign. The military aspects of that period -- the late 14th century BCE -- are not neglected, with an informed discussion of the weapons and tactics employed by the Egyptian army (and navy). Although the title makes use of the modern fame of Tutankamen -- otherwise a rather minor ruler -- the real focus of the book has a broader scope. Often, the reign of Akhenaten is dismissed as a period of international neglect on the part of a fuzzy-thinking, distracted pharoah, but the authors of "Tutankamun's Armies" instead argue that the Egyptian ruler pursued a hardnosed Realpolitik policy to protect Egyptian interests.
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Tutanhkamun's armies... and so much more20 février 2010
R. B. Abbott
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I can thoroughly recommend this book, based as it is on the authors' joint study of Egyptian New Kingdom military history. Don't be misled by the title - the book covers actions both before and after King Tut, with especial reference to Akhenaten and the Amarna period leading up to Tutankhamun's reign.
I was mainly drawn to this book for the content on the Asiatic scene, but have found the discussions of Egyptian forays and methods of control over Nubia equally fascinating, especially learning how the sheer geography of the region has steered military history not just in the ancient world but through into the British Empire's actions in the same area.
Their conclusions on Akhenaten - both his military activities and the religious thinking that lay behind it - will come as a surprise to many, but are solidly based on modern research, and are thoroughly documented for those who want to go back to the source material and check things out for themselves.
All in all a great book which I have no hesitation in recommending to others. Darnell and Manassa have successfully rewritten their scholarly research into a very accessible volume with potentially a much wider audience. If you are at all interested in current thinking on the military and political scene in the Amarna period and shortly after, this is definitely a book for you.
Re lordhoot's second complaint, Spalinger's "War in Ancient Egypt:" (ISBN 1405113723) contains such facts and figures, though is not as well written as this volume!
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Excellent!4 janvier 2008
A Student Studying Ancient Egypt
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Contrary to the first reviewer, I found the writing style of this book to be very clear and informative. As a student of Ancient Egyptian history and religion, Darnell and Manassa's explanation of Akhenaten's religion and the reasons for his so-called revolution were well thought-out and supported by evidence in all cases; I was able to logically follow how they reached their conclusions on a very complex and difficult topic. Tutankhamen's Armies is relatively short (about 200 pages)--the extra pages are references, some of which are also excellent, highly recommended books. I would recommend this title to anyone seeking to gain not only a greater understanding of the military developments of the 18th Dynasty but also a feel for its general history.
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Akhnaten, Nefertiti, and the Solar Disk7 novembre 2010
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This book delivers on its title, and more. It is in effect a military history of the late 18th Dynasty, and a good one.
However, chapter 2 gives a coherent exposition of the theology of Amunhotep III and IV, the first that I (tolerably well read in Egyptology but far from expert) have ever read. Akhnaten and his father in the authors' treatment were anything but simple-minded monotheists. In fact their idea of God/gods was of a single Godhead with many persons, which were organised not in sexless triplets but in male-female pairs: Akhnaten and Nefertiti in particular, who are claimed to have been locked in a perpetual present moment of creation.
My description doesn't do the authors justice. This book will be of interest to religious people as well as those of military interest.
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an outstanding explanation of the Amarna period21 novembre 2012
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In spite of the title, which would lead one to assume the book is primarily a military history, _Tutankhamun's Armies_ focuses equally on the social, political and religious climate of the late 18th dynasty as it does on its military. Similarly, it focuses as much on Amunhotep III (Tut's grand-father) and Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten (Tut's father) as on the Boy-king himself. This clarification aside, Darnell and Manassa provide the best explanation of the "Amarna period" - artistically, socially, religiously, politically and yes, militarily - that I've read.
The "cult of Aten" that is a large part of the "Amarna Period" (the reign of Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten, 1353 - 1336 BCE) receives a disproportionate amount of attention by both lay-readers and historians alike, primarily because it is such an anomoly in ancient Egyptian history. The standard narrative is that Akhenaten introduced montheism (worshiping the sun god, Aten) at the expense of the rest of the Egyptian pantheon, even going so far as to move the capital from Thebes to Akhetaten and change the artistic canon in Egyptian art. Darnell and Manassa provide a compelling, clear and wholly convincing rethinking of this narrative, essentially taking the position that Amunhotep IV was merely continuing an ideology that began with Amunhotep III following his heb-sed festival (a festival held in the 30th reginal year of a king). Futher, their assessment and summary of what Atenism was (and was not) was simply brilliant. This analysis and explanation alone warrant picking up this book.
However, the authors go further. (In fact, their discussion of Atenism is only about 1/5 of the book, some 30 pages.) Much of the book addresses Egyptian foreign policy in the 18th dynasty (the dynasty of Amunhotep III, Akhenaten, and Tutankhamun), primarily drawing from the art of the time, but also pulling from the Amarna letters (The Amarna Letters) to infer what the objectives and actions of these kings were. The military is, of course, an extension of foreign policy ("foreign policy by other means" in the words of von Clauswitz) and it is at this point that "Tutankhamun's Armies" are explored - the organization of the New Kingdom military, their arms and armor, their role in extending "order" over "chaos." (In the Egyptian weltanschauung, Egypt was "order," its conquest of Libyans, Nubians or Asiatics, the traditional enemies of Egypt and "chaos", was a way of bringing order to chaos.)
For armchair Egyptologists or those interested in the Ancient Near East, this is a book that I highly recommend. I similarly recommend this to anyone seeking a clear and compelling rethinking of the Amarna period religiously and artistically.