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Titulary what's this?
Horus Name Kauwaftau "Bull Who Conquers the Lnad"
Nebty Name Aaneru "He Who inspires Great Terror"
Golden Horus Name Wahrenput
Praenomen Djeserkare "Holy is the Soul of Re"
Nomen Amenhotep "Amun is pleased"
Manetho Amenophis, Amenopthis, Ameophis
King Lists  
Alternate Names Amenophis, Amenhetep, Amenhotpe
Dates what's this?
manetho josephus reigned 20 years 7 months
manetho africanus reigned 24 years
manetho eusebius reigned 21 years

reigned 25 years (or less)
However, a Heb-SedFestival is noted, so 30 years is possible.

  1551 - 1524 BCE
piccione 1551 -- 1524 BCE
egyptsite 1514 -- 1493 BCE
von beckerath, malek, arnold 1525-1504
krauss 1514-1493
grimal 1526-1506
redford 1545-1524
dodson 1524-1503
Predecessor Father, Ahmose out of Ahmose-Nefertiri
Coregent with father, Ahmose
Successor Military Commander, Thutmose (may have been a cousin)
Associated People
Father Ahmose
Mother Ahmose-Nefertiri
Sister/Wife Merytamun
Older brother unknown, may have died. Probably he was the designated heir
Daughter Satanum
Son died in infancy
Burial Place
Probably Thebes
Possibly in Draa Abu el-Naga, or KV39
Mummy found in royal cache at Deir el-Bahari
Added to temples at Elephantine, Kom Ombo, Abydos
Temple of Nekhbet
Built limestone gateway at Karnak (replaced by later Seventh Pylon) and barque shrine for Anum

Amenhotep picked up where hisfather left off, continuing the consolidation of the Egyptian state under a single pharaoh and redeveloping the country politically, economically, and diplomatically. He was not entirely un-warlike, however, and at least one campaign against Nubia is recorded. He strengthened the northeast border and restored the centralize administration and legal system. Most of the religious, artistic and architectural activities of his reign are directly based on the Middle Kingdom models.

Amenhotep I's building efforts were extensive -- he added to many temples (notably Karnak) and is known for monuments in Abydos, elKab, Saqqara, Kom Ombo, although his major work was at Thebes. He built an alabaster shrine (The "Menmenu") which is now reconstructed in the open air museum at Karnak. His focus on Thebes helped return the city to its prior status of the most important city in Egypt.

He was the first pharaoh to construct his memorials away from his actual tomb. Tomb robbers were well-known, so he built his tomb in an inconspicuous place in Thebes to avoid the looters. His tomb has not been positively identified, but there are several candidates in Thebes: one near Medinet Habu, another possibility is KV 39. Recently, some have suggested K93.11 in Draa Abu el-Naga.

Tomb 39 it he Valley of the Kings (KV 39) seems the most likely site for his burial. it may be the oldest in the valley -- which means that Amenhotep was the first king to start building tombs in this most-famous valley. It was discovered in 1900 by two locals from Luxor and in 1908 was descried as "ruined", which means that despite his best efforts, Amenhotep I's tomb was looted early on.

Recent excavations recovered some 1500 bags of artifacts (mostly potsherds, jar sealings, etc) and the remains of at least nine people in the tomb. The names of Thutmose I, Thutmose II and Amenhotep II have been found.

Amenhotep was declared a god upon his death by the priests in Thebes, as was his mother. They were revered as local protective deities.




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


tomb KV 39, Valley of the Kings
temple of Nekhbet
Temple of Amun, Karnak