Born: c. 1550 BC
Died: c. 1504 BC
Location of death: Egypt
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Mummified, Egyptian Museum, Cairo, Egypt
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: Ancient Egypt
Executive summary: Second Pharaoh of 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh Amenhotep I led wars against Canaan, Libya, and Mesopotamia (Iraq), and colonized Nubia (the present-day Sudan). In his reign the temple at Karnak was constructed, as were monuments in Abydos, elKab, Kom Ombo, Saqqara, and Thebes.
He had two older brothers, both of whom died under unknown circumstances, allowing Amenhotep I to become Pharaoh. His greater wife is believed to have been his sister. He was the first Pharaoh not to be buried in his funerary temple, presumably because previous tombs had been robbed. Amenhotep I's mummy was re-wrapped during the 21st Dynasty, and was discovered in much better condition than most ancient mummies.
All Pharaohs were regarded as essentially living gods, but after his death Amenhotep I seems to have been especially revered. He was worshipped via a funerary statue and through recurring rituals dramatizing his life, death, burial, and supposed resurrection, and for generations many ordinary Egyptian residences held mementos honoring him.
Father: Ahmose I (Pharaoh)
Brother: Ahmose Sapair
Wife: Ahmose-Meritamon (also Amenhotep's sister)
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