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Horus Name Aakheperu
Nebty Name Tutmesut
Golden Horus Name Tjestawy
Praenomen Nebpehtire "The Lord of Strength is Re"
Nomen Ahmose "The Moon is Born"
Manetho Anosis, Amos, Tethmosis
King Lists  
Alternate Names Ahmes I , Jahmes
Dates what's this?
manetho reigned 25 years
piccione 1570 -- 1546 BCE
egyptsite 1539 -- 1514 BCE
von beckerath, arnold 1550-1525
krauss 1539-1514
grimal 1552-1526
malek 1540-1525
redford 1569-1545
dodson 1549-1524
Predecessor Brother Kamose
Co-regent with mother, Aahotep
Successor Son Amenhotep I out of Ahmose-Nefertirie, sister/wife
Associated People
Father Tao II
Mother Queen Aahotep
Brother Kamose
Sister/Wife Ahmose-Nefertiri "God's Wife of Amun"
Wife Kasmut
Wife Thenthapi
Daughters Merytamun, Satanum, Aahotep, Satkames out of Ahmose-Nefertari
Tair, out of Kasmut
Henttaneh, out of Thenthapi
Sons eldes Sapair, Saamen, Amenhotep I out of Ahmost-Nefertari
Burial Place
Probably Abydos
Tomb in Draa Abu el-Naga, Mummy found in Deir el-Bahari
Cenotaph at Abydos, including temple and pyramid
Temple of Amun and Montu and Karnak
Temple complex at Al-Daba

Ahmose is the first king of the 18th Dynasty and the first king of the New Kingdom. He is best known for the final expulsion of the Hyksos rulers of the delta after he assumed the throne from his brother, Kamose. He assumed the throne when he was only about 10 years old (probably around 1550, according to clayton) and was only 35 years old when he died.

He is the pharaoh credited with finally ending the war begun by his grandfather, Tao II. He was definitely a "warrior king"and also campaigned against southern Palestine and Nubia.

This meant, of course, that he left most of the daily rule of his country to local administrators. He kept them loyal with generous gifts of land. This would seem to me to be a continuation of the problems of the earlier dynasties -- where the local and provincial leaders eventually gain too much power because they had land and weren't kept in line by the pharaoh.

He is clearly regarded as the pharaoh who defeated the Hyksos, but that is about all that is known. The events of his reign are known only from the tombs and writings of his officials -- not even the date of his final victory is known, or the year of reunification of Egypt into a single land.

He did leave behind a number of monuments that attest to his reign and the power he once again claimed as the sole pharaoh of Egypt. A cenotaph (false tomb) and temple in Abydos. The pyramid accompanying the temple is the last known pyramid built in Egypt (at least, one that may have been used as a royal tomb. The pyramid was initially investigated in 1899 and 1902 when the pyramid and mortuary complex where excavated, but not entirely mapped. Thousands of fragments of building (mostly blocks and corners) were found to attest to his reign (and, to the reign of Apophis, the opposing king).

He also added to the temples of Amun and Montu at Karnak on the eastern bank -- a scheme which many pharaohs to follow him would adopt, which explains the hodgepodge building at Karnak and Luxor temples as each successive pharaoh added his own chapels and pylons to the great temple.

Ahmose was buried in Dra Abu el-Naga in the cliff tombs there, but the exact location of his tomb is not known. His mummy was moved in the 21st Dynasty to the royal cache in Deir el-Bahari.



Amenhotep I
Thutmose I
Thutmose II
Thutmose III
Amenhotep II
Thutmose IV
Amenhotep III
Amenhotep IV


Pyramid of Ahmose
Temple complex