Archeology of a heresy: Akhenaten and Nefertiti

by Massimo Izzo

An apparently odd episode in the history of ancient Egypt had been completely erased by the Egyptians themselves: the existence of a pharaoh named Akhenaten and Amarna, the city he founded from nothing. We will see together the finds and the bas-reliefs that tell us this very special story and introduce us the activities of Akhenaton and Nefertiti, his queen, finally returned to history, after having been erased for political and religious heresy.

With photographs and virtual reconstructions, we will revive Amarna; we will see his revolutionary artistic masterpieces; we will understand its prestige from the largest written archive ever found in Egypt; we will talk about the mystery of their mummies.

And we cannot miss a discussion on the hypotheses of monotheism that have been made for this ostensible religious innovator.

Massimo Izzo bio

Egyptologist, Orientalist Archaeologist and Engineer, he was born in Naples in 1961. Lecturer in Italy and abroad, he holds monographic courses of disclosure between Marche and Emilia Romagna. He graduated with honors in Naval and Mechanical Engineering at the Federico II University of Naples, designer. In the 2000s, at the University of Pisa, he obtained successively a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Sciences, an archaeological curriculum and a Master’s Degree in Archeology of Egypt and the Near East, both with honors.

As an engineer and Egyptologist he was part of the archaeological mission of the University of Pisa in Egypt to Dra abu El-Naga, Tomb of the TT14, at Luxor, under the direction of Prof. Marilina Betrò. Since 2005 he teaches as a professor of History and Eastern Archeology at the Free University of Pesaro and others institutions devoted to disclosure.