Kemet Klub

Egypt’s Dazzling sun Kings

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Dr Chris Naunton
Sunday 10th and 17th March 2024

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Egypt's Dazzling Sun Kings with Dr Chris Naunton

4 lectures delivered over 2 afternoons. Sunday 10th and 17th March 2024
2pm UK time.


We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until 15th April.

This set of 4 lectures looks at two particular pharaohs, both of whom placed a strong emphasis on the worship of the sun.   Egypt’s Dazzling Sun Kings: king Amenhotep III, and his son and successor Akhenaten.

Akhenaten probably attracts more attention than any other pharaoh among Egyptophiles. His revolution was swift, wide-ranging and apparently sudden. But to what extent can the changes he introduced be traced to the reign of his father Amenhotep III? This series of talks examines some of the key features of the Amarna period, and asks to what extent the changes were already underway when Akhenaten came to the throne, and whether his predecessor might even have continued to play a role after that point.

We will cover four main themes:

Cities: Malqata (and wider Thebes including the possible relationship between e.g. Karnak and Luxor temple, and Luxor and Kom el-Hetan) and Amarna, the roads running through both, and the building inscriptions of the two kings.     

Art, iconongraphy, monuments, and architecture: the world as created by the two kings in stone:

Religion: the solar cult, the idea of a universal deity, the deification of the king, and Atenism.

Tombs: We will consider Amenhotep’s tomb in the Valley of Kings, and the Royal Tomb at Amarna A 26 as part of the evolution of the royal tomb through the 18th Dyn. This talk will also review the evidence of the unfinished tombs in Western Valley in Luxor and the Royal Wadi at Amarna.

Dr Chris Naunton

Chris Naunton is an Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster and author of Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt and Egyptologists’ Notebooks. He has presented numerous television documentaries, including The Man Who Discovered Egypt (BBC4 2012), Secrets of King Tut’s Treasures (Channel 5, 2018) and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Channel 4, 2019). He was Director (CEO) of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2012 to 2016 and President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015 to 2019.

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