Second Intermediate Period of Egypt
The Second Intermediate Period (c. 1782 - c.1570 BCE) is the era following the Middle Kingdom of Egypt (2040-1782 BCE) and preceding the New Kingdom (1570-1069 BCE). As with all historical designations of the eras of Egyptian history, the...
Pharaoh Akhenaten, Cairo Museum
A small bust of Akhenaten (r. 1353-1336 BCE) pharaoh of Egypt in the 18th Dynasty. (Cairo Museum)
Isis is an ancient Egyptian goddess who became the most popular and enduring of all the Egyptian deities. Her name comes from the Egyptian Eset, ("the seat") which referred to her stability and also the throne of Egypt as she was considered...
Portrait of Pharaoh Akhenaten
Limestone fragment showing a portrait (in Amarna style) of the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten (r. 1353-1336 BCE) in profile, looking to the left. From Amarna, Egypt. New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, c. 1340 BCE. It is on display at the Neues Museum...
Amarna Period of Egypt
The Amarna Period of ancient Egypt was the era of the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE), known as 'the heretic king'. In the 5th year of his reign (c. 1348 BCE), he issued sweeping religious reforms which resulted in the suppression of the...
Egyptian Pharaoh Relief from the 12th Dynasty
This limestone fragment depicts an Egyptian pharaoh. He wears the "white crown," menat and collar, and heb-sed robe. From Koptos (Qift), Egypt. 12th Dynasty, 1991–1778 BCE. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, London (With thanks to...
Pharaoh Amenhotep III
This is a quartzite head of the Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep III; the king wears the red crown of Lower Egypt. This style is very typical of the sculpture of Amenhotep III, especially in the depiction of the eyes. It also foreshadows the artistic...
Statue of Alexander the Great as Pharaoh
Granite statue of Alexander the Great as Pharaoh, Greco-Egyptian, c. 300 BCE. (Liebieghaus museum, Frankfurt am Main)
Amarna is the modern Arabic name for the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Akhetaten, capital of the country under the reign of Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE). The site is officially known as Tell el-Amarna, so-named for the Beni Amran tribe...
Grave Goods in Ancient Egypt
The concept of the afterlife changed in different eras of Egypt's very long history, but for the most part, it was imagined as a paradise where one lived eternally. To the Egyptians, their country was the most perfect place which had been...