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Titulary what's this?
Horus Name Semenmaat
Nebty Name Zaneit-sepedtawy
Golden Horus Name Setepnetjeru
Praenomen Khnemibre "He Who Embraces the Heart of Re"
Nomen Ahmose "The Moon is Born", Si-Neit, "Son of Neith"
Manetho Amasis
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Alternate Names Amasis
Dates what's this?
kitchen 570-526 BCE
Predecessor Psamtek II or Apries
Successor Psamtek III
Associated People
Wife Ladice, a greek
Burial Place

Extended Temple of Neith at Sais
Sanctuary of Isis at Memphis
Temples in Abydos
Nilometer in Temple of Sep


Egypt was wealthy and prosperous under Ahmose, even though the pharaoh took the throne in a coup d-etat from the previous ruler. He was a general for the previous pharaoh and when he was sent to Greece to maintain order he declared himself king of Egypt and cemented his claim to the throne by meeting Apries in battle.

He defeated the Babylonians and manage dot capture part of Cyprus, and made political alliances with Lydia and Samos. Having apparently spent most of his life among the Greeks, he distinctly favored them. The Egyptian city Neukratis was deeded to Greek merchants and the city became the primary trading port between Egypt and the Greeks.

He allowed many other Greek settlements in Egypt, and allowed temples and chapels to Greek gods to be built in the Delta. His own building projects included temples in Sais, Memphis, Abydos, Mendes, and other sin the Baharja oasis.

Personally, Ahmose is described as a philandering drunk by both Herodotus and Egyptian sources, but that may be a fiction. ALthough, to be sure, I don't understand why one of the few specific characterizations of a pharaoh would be suddenly considered "fiction" or a "literary motif" just because it isn't complimentary. Every time something nasty is said about ruler, someone has to make the comment that is might just be embroidery of the truth. Why? It seems likely that a successful general-cum-king was probably not a staid or stuffy man.

At any rate, he was considered to be on of the "Seven Sages" by the Greeks.




Psamtek I
Nekau II
Psamtek II
Psamtek III


Sanctuary of Isis, Memphis
Temple, Abydos