Seeds of a City (Episode 114)

Amarna (Part 1): Establishing Akhet-Aten.

In regnal year 5, Akhenaten decreed the foundations of his new city devoted to the sun god. One year later, the King returned to perform ceremonies and to review what had been completed…

  • Date: c.1357 BCE (regnal year 6)
  • King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)
  • Cities: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)

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114. Logo Title
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Amarna / Akhet-Aten


113. Amarna Maps (5)
Akhet-Aten / Amarna (Wikimedia).
D18-Amarna-Great Palace-Chris (9)
The Great Palace today, viewed from the South-East (Chris Ward 2019).
114. Map Wikipedia (2)
Akhet-Aten from the West (Wikimedia).
114. Boston Model Palace
The Great Palace, model (Amarna Project).


114. Palace view (J.C. Golvin)
A view of the Great Palace Second Court, from the West, by artist J.C. Golvin (more images on his website).
114. Great Palace Second Court reconstruction (Pendlebury 3.2 plate XV)
The Great Palace Second Court, from the excavator’s report (Pendlebury 1951).
114. Great Palace schematic (Salland 2015 PhD 3.44)
Map of the Great Palace (Pendlebury 1951 and Salland 2015).
114. King's House Model (Pendlebury 3.2 plate XVI)
The King’s House (Pendlebury 1951).
114. Princess Panel - Met Museum - Nina Davies hb_30.4.135
The Princesses Panel (facsimile by Nina de Garis Davies, Met Museum).
114. Petrie Tell el Amarna (2)
Decorations of the Great Palace (Petrie 1894).
114. Great Palace Column (Amarna Project from Petrie)
Decorations of the Great Palace (Petrie 1894).
114.1 Great Pavement (Salland 3.54 from Petrie)
Decorations of the Great Palace (Petrie 1894).



Special Thanks to My Patrons!

114. Patrons

Select Bibliography

Betsy M. Bryan, “New Kingdom Sculpture,” in Allan B. Lloyd, A Companion to Ancient Egypt, 2 volumes, 2010.

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.

Barry Kemp, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People, 2012.

Dominic Montserrat, Akhenaten: History, Fantasy and Ancient Egypt, 2005.

William J. Murnane, Texts From the Amarna Period in Egypt, 1995.

T.E. Peet and C. Leonard Woolley, The City of Akhenaten Part I: Excavations of 1921 and 1922 at El-Amarneh, 1923.

J.D.S Pendlebury, The City of Akhenaten Part III: The Central City and The Official Quarters, 2 volumes, 1951. Available at Volume I: Texts & Volume II: Plates

Sir W. M. Flinders Petrie, Tell el Amarna, 1894. Available at

Donald B. Redford, Akhenaten: The Heretic King, 1984.

Donald B. Redford, “Akhenaten: New Theories, Old Facts,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 369 (2013): 9-34.

Patrick C. Salland, Palatial Paintings and Programs: The Symbolic World of the Egyptian Palace in the New Kingdom (c. 1550-1069 BCE), Unpublished PhD Dissertation, 2015.

Fran Weatherhead, Wall-Paintings from the King’s House at Amarna, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 81 (1995): 95-113.


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