- Jul 2017
- Crows nest
No reason to apologise. It's the internet and it's difficult to communicate properly as we miss so many cues, expressions, tone of voice etc. I'm as guilty as anyone of misreading.I agree and also wanted to apologize if you felt I was attacking you previously. It certainly was not my intention—I simply would love to discuss all of this free of comments towards one camp or the other that could be construed as dismissive (and I wasn’t referring to just you but to everybody). And if you felt that I did exactly that to you, I’m both mortified and apologetic.
I sincerely want to get to the truth of the matter, and am interested in what you’ve read to persuade you of there being no co-regency. You mentioned that you once felt there could be one of duration around 8 years, which is where I’m at currently and why I’m especially interested in what convinced you otherwise.
In your opinion—or anyone else’s, who’d like to join in—mounted more towards no co-regency? You mentioned Bailey’s article which I’m familiar with, and I posted some other articles, including this one by Allen, that have given me pause for thought.
But so far, unless more evidence comes to light or I’m pointed towards papers with evidence that I’m not yet familiar with, I believe that Murnane, Allen, Aldred, Johnson and Luban provide convincing counter-arguments to the evidence presented by those in favour of no co-regency.
But I’m open to persuasion and anything you can point me towards would be gratefully appreciated.
On the co-regency. I stated that I once believed in one, primarily because the first book I ever read specifically about Amarna was Aldred's Akhenaten, and initial information tends to stick, and it did for a while. The reason I stopped believing in a co-regency of any duration, and that was only about 18 months or so ago, was not the result of any specific information from any specific sources to say there was no co-regency, but the gradual realization that the evidence for a co-regency was not real evidence at all, only circumstantial at best, with some areas of "problematica", and I'll put Tiye's hair and teeth into that box to join the supposed dinosaur footprints found in Permian sediments.
Two areas attract my attention more than others. The first is any evidence found on the walls of tombs because of their known propensity to warp time and space for magical and ritual reasons. The second is contained in my post above, in that the cartouches of the two kings on a temple wall will be far far better than on a tomb wall, but as yet the joint cartouches of Amunhotep III and IV/Akhenaten are missing from any temple wall, there is no co-regency, despite the other circumstantial evidence.