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Amenhotep III

Short Biography, Information & Facts about Amenhotep III, the famous pharaoh and king of Egypt

Biography, Facts and information about the life of a Pharaoh
The term pharaoh was the title of an ancient Egyptian king who was considered to be a living god and worshipped as a deity. The pharaoh was an absolute ruler of Egypt, both the political and religious leader. 

Short Biography of the life of Amenhotep III
The history, facts and information about Amenhotep III, a famous pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Amenhotep III:

  • Amenhotep III was also known as Amenophis
  • Meaning of the name: Amun
  • Egyptian Period / Kingdom: New Kingdom
  • Dynasty: Amenhotep III ruled in the Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty
  • Name of Previous Pharaoh: Thutmose IV 1399 BC -1389 BC
  • Years of Reign: 1389 BC -1351 BC
  • Succeeded by: Akhenaten 1351 BC -1337 BC

  • Family
    • Father: His father was Thutmose IV
    • Mother: His mother was Mutemwiya
    • Chief Wife: His chief wife and consort was Queen Tiye other wives included Gilukhepa and Tadukhepa
    • Children: Crown Prince Tuthmose, Amenhotep later known as Akhenaten,  Smenkhkare, Sitamun, Henuttaneb, Iset, Nebetah, Beketaten
  • Year of Death: 1351 BC
  • Location of the Burial Site: Valley of the Kings
  • Tomb reference number: KV22
  • Name of Egyptologist who discovered the burial site, or tomb, of Amenhotep III: Howard Carter in 1915
  • Biography and accomplishments or why Amenhotep III was famous: He started his reign as a boy and led the country to peace, prosperity and artistic achievements. There are many monuments to Amenhotep III including the Luxor Temple complex which was was built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II. The Luxor Temple consists of pylons, obelisks, shrines, statues, colonnades and was a tribute to both these pharaohs and the Ancient Egyptian gods Amun, Mut and Khonsu. During his reign the priests of the Temple of Amun at Karnak gained wealth, power and political influence threatening the absolute power and authority of the pharaoh.

The mystery of Crown Prince Thutmose
Crown Prince Tuthmose was heir to the throne and the eldest son of pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiye. Crown Prince Tuthmose mysteriously disappeared from all records leading to speculation that his story was the basis of fact behind the biblical character Moses who was portrayed as being brought up in the royal family but then cast out. The name of this prince - Thutmose - is very similar to Moses. Could such a man have influenced his mother Queen Tiye and his brother Akhenaten to change Ancient Egypt from a polytheistic religion, with many gods, to monotheism (the worship of one god)? The radical change to monotheism by Akhenaten certainly curbed the power of the priests of Amun.

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