City of Akhenaten

New Aspects of Antiquity

The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti

Amarna and Its People

  1. Barry Kemp

A tour-de-force of archaeological writing, this is the definitive account of Amarna and its inhabitants


‘Kemp brilliantly combines history, archaeology, and art history to develop a complete picture of the onetime capital of ancient Egypt … a beautiful and informative book, a rare find for experts and general readers alike’ – Publishers Weekly
‘Professor Barry Kemp, perhaps the world’s most experienced Egyptologist, has devoted over thirty years to Amarna’s exploration and excavation. In this book he is able to offer unparalleled insights into the life and times of the citizens of ancient Egypt and of the exceptional man, the so-called “heretic pharaoh”, who ruled over them more than three millennia ago.’ – Colin Renfrew, University of Cambridge
‘Well-written and clearly structured … very well illustrated’ – Egyptian Archaeology
‘More than any other study that I am aware of, Kemp’s book succeeds in bringing to life the day-to-day workings of this ancient Egyptian capital … clear and well-written … This is a superb book, written and illustrated by a superb archaeologist and scholar of ancient Egypt’ – Antiquity

City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti

A city of temples, royal palaces, civic offices and elite tombs, and simultaneously a city of small-scale mud-brick dwellings, Amarna was an ‘urban village’, where most of its citizens were only two or three steps removed in the social scale from the king himself.

Barry Kemp evokes the unique character of this famous capital, bringing to life its people, from Akhenaten, Nefertiti and the royal family to priests and craftsmen, in this brilliantly written and imaginatively conceived account of the mysterious Amarna interlude.

Barry Kemp is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at Cambridge University and has been conducting research and excavations at Amarna since 1977. Among his many publications are specialist reports on his work at Amarna, the standard introduction, Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization, and 100 Hieroglyphs: Think Like an Egyptian.