By Donald B. Redford
Describes the realm of Akhenaten, a ruler of historical Egypt who tried to introduce monotheism via worship of the solar.
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For 200 years Mitanni and "Khatte"* eyed each other hostilely across the mountains of the Taurus. 4 But of more concern to our present purpose were the feelings of the Egyptians and the policy they adopted toward the new comers. Ancient Egypt's approach to what we call "foreign affairs" was in essence no different from any other nation's, in ancient, medieval, or modern times. All nations crave one or more of the following from their neighbors: their land, either for itself or for its strategic location; the ra w materials or goods they can produce; the goods they can attract through trade; or the manpower 4.
X and so on. D. Eusebius could still record how the "aethiopes" in year 5 of an Amenophis had borne down upon Egypt! Amenophis the Diplomat But Egypt during Amenophis Ill's reign had no need to go to war. Her international diplomacy was carried on from a position of strength, and her will \-vas effected through persuasion, diplomatic gift, marriage, or veiled threat. The era of the "Pax Aegyptiaca" was at its height. The designation of nations as superpowers, middle-ranking powers, or "third-world" states, a terminology commonJy thought to have been in vented in the 20th century, is as old as civilized man himself!
M. A. Janssen, JEOL [7 ([963), 141 ff. II. J. J. Janssen, Two Allcielll Egyptiall Ships'Logs (Leiden, 1961), 73· 12. W. HeJck, Oriells Al1tiqllllS 5 ([966), 2ff; R. Stadel mann, Syvisch Paliislillellsische GottheilCII ill A,Rypten (Leiden, 1967). 2. Throll hair, I emp] the I man' the e the s mad: of d bedc cust( text, like Jour! yOU] ren "Nc Shas I) . 1. Talatat from the nirlth pylon showin:~ An-lOrite and Sudanese auxiliary troops. Throughout Egyptian art Amorites are easily distinguished by their long beards and clubbed hair, tied round with a filet.