Rebecca Clifton (detail), 2019. Photograph: Nabil Asakly

Rebecca Clifton

‘Art and Identity in the Age of Akhenaten’ (PhD in Classics & Archaeology, 2019).

In this thesis, I investigate expressions of identity in the art of the Amarna Period, focusing on two main areas: firstly, artistic representations of the royal family and the Aten and, secondly, artistic representations of Amarna’s elite within their tombs. I argue that rapid social and theological change under Akhenaten had significant implications not only for conceptions of deity and kingship but also for artistic self-expression amongst Akhenaten’s officials. I illustrate this by comparison with earlier Eighteenth Dynasty tomb decoration.

Supervisors: Professor Louise Hitchcock, Associate Professor Andrew Jamieson.