Horemheb ruled Egypt after Tutankhamun, and was fundamental in bringing Egypt back to the rich and powerful nation it was before Akhenaten took the throne. Rather than simply clearing up the mess left behind after the Amarna period, he lay the foundations for the kings who were to come, and his choice of heir to the throne, led eventually to the rule of Ramses II, one of the most famous kings in Egyptian history. This book puts Horemheb in his rightful place in Egyptian chronology as the start of the 19th Dynasty, and demonstrates how he was fundamental in shaping history as we know it.
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This book is best read by scholars. I expected at least a history of this interesting Pharaoh's life. What this book is not is a history of Horemheb. It is a painstaking examination of the various theories, arguments, mysteries, questions and beliefs about Horemheb from various sources. Unless you enjoy reading about academic arguments and don't care if nothing specific (at all anywhere) about Horemheb is revealed, you will not enjoy this book. I read every word and wondered why I bothered when I finished it. The title says Horemheb was a forgotten pharaoh. Nothing in this book will help the reader find or remember him.
I have been fascinated with Horemheb for years. I first became aware of him in the 50's movie "the Egyptian" where he was played by Victor Mature. As I became more educated in all things Ancient Egyptian I became interested in the little known areas of the subject and Horemheb fit the bill.
The book is weak in narrative style and spends lots of time on how long Horemheb reigned and what monuments he usurped or built. The illustrations and photos are poorly edited. The overall impression is that of a Master Degree thesis rather then a serious history.
I have often felt it unfair when Egyptologists create stories about important figures in Egypt when there is no evidence to support it. Certainly, the "Amarna" era has its share of these stories. I tend to resist the extreme stories (ie Tutankhamun was murdered, Hatshepsut was an evil queen/king).
HOREMHEB: The Forgotten Pharaoh focuses on the information that is actually known about this man and doesn't write in bitter political rivalry and intrigue without evidence. Happily there is a great deal of information I haven't found in other discussions of Horemheb and other associated figures of the Amarna period.
I have read many books on ancient Egypt, some are disappointing. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Egypt and/or seeking details on this particular king. The stages in Horemheb's career are covered in detail. I found it of interest that later in his life before he became king, he was the one who was called to the palace when the king...
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