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The king moved his forces into new regions in Nubia, pushing south to the Third Cataract, and later dealt with a Nubian uprising swiftly and fiercely. At the same time, he built and re- 35 paired strongholds along the western borders when a Libyan uprising twice threatened to destabilize the region. He was equally aggressive in the north and east, fortifying his lands to make foreign invasions far less likely to succeed. Amenhotep I was greatly concerned with his country’s architectural legacy as well.

In fact, he was the first king to own horses throughout his life, and he eventually became an expert in horse breeding. Amenhotep II became coruler of Egypt during the last few years of his father’s reign. During that time, he was in charge of the country’s naval base at Peru-Nefer, at the same time managing extensive estates in nearby Memphis. Two years after Amenhotep II began ruling alone, he was faced with an uprising in Syria that threatened Egyptian holdings there. Amenhotep II immediately launched a military campaign to quell the uprising, leading troops into Palestine and across the Orontes and Euphrates Rivers into Syria.

Amenhotep III spent years restoring and adding to Karnak’s structures. Among his additions were a hypostyle hall and numerous shrines. Amenhotep III also began construction on a temple complex at Luxor. Although later kings, including Ramses II, Nectanebo II, and Alexander the Great, each added to this complex, it still provides considerable information about Amenhotep III. For example, one of the sections built by Amenhotep III includes numerous sphinxes with faces in the king’s likeness. In addition, the temple complex includes a room dedicated to the god Amun in which wall scenes depict the king’s birth.

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