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Modern name of Achet-Aton. Founded by Amenophis IV, c. 1345 BC, approx. 400 km south of Cairo, as a cult site for the sun god Aton as well as a place of residence. It was abandoned after a period of approx. 15 years of continuous occupation. Situated near the Nile, the city covers an area more than 9 km long from north to south and is approx. 1 km wide. In the centre of the city are: the great palace, the royal palace, large and small temples of Aton and the chancellery ( Amarna Letters). The Berlin bust of Nefertiti and numerous other works of art were found in the house b…

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Krauss, Rolf (Berlin), “Amarna”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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