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el-Amarna

Modern name for the site of Akhetaten, the capital of the 'heretic' pharaoh Akhenaten in Middle Egypt from 1350 to 1325 BC. The city was abandoned on Akhenaten's death and the site remained well-preserved. The ceremonial procession way and great royal hall for public audiences have been recognized, as well as residential suburbs. The site contained letters detailing the relationship between Egypt and the cities and states of the Near East (the el-Amarna letters).


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