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(sometimes written Amosis I
and meaning The Moon is Born
) was a pharaoh
of ancient Egypt
and the founder of the Eighteenth dynasty
. He was a member of the Theban
royal house, the son of pharaoh Tao II Seqenenre
and brother of the last pharaoh of the Seventeenth dynasty
, King Kamose
. Sometime during the reign of his father or grandfather, Thebes rebelled against the Hyksos
, the rulers of Lower Egypt
. When he was seven his father was killed, and when he was about ten his brother died of unknown causes, after reigning only three years. Ahmose I assumed the throne after the death of his brother, and upon coronation became known as Neb-Pehty-Re
(The Lord of Strength is Re
During his reign he completed the conquest and expulsion of the Hyksos from the delta region, restored Theban rule over the whole of Egypt and successfully reasserted Egyptian power in its formerly subject territories of Nubia and Canaan. He then reorganized the administration of the country, reopened quarries, mines and trade routes and began massive construction projects of a type that had not been undertaken since the time of the Middle Kingdom. This building program culminated in the construction of the last pyramid built by native Egyptian rulers. Ahmose's reign laid the foundations for the New Kingdom, under which Egyptian power reached its peak. His reign is usually dated to about 1550–1525 BC. (Read more...)
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Quote of the week
"Just how difficult it is to write a biography can be reckoned by anybody who sits down and considers just how many people know the truth about his or her love affairs."
— Rebecca West
In Vogue, 1 November 1952