Essay on Assess the Reign of Amenhotep

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Assess the reign of Amenhotep III
Amenhotep III’s reign is often referred to the “Golden Age”, a time of political stability and economic prosperity for Egypt. With an abundance of tribute, booty, and access/exploitation of natural resources in conquered areas of Nubia, and its sphere of influence in Syria-Palestine; Egypt’s affluence only flourished. This enabled Amenhotep’s expanse/magnificent building programs, also resulting to advances in art and religion. Furthermore, changes in the importance and role of the queen progressed in this period; to the extent of Tiye’s deification, as evident in the temple at Sedeinga, built in dedication to her worship. Despite Amenhotep III’s reputation as a great diplomat, the effectiveness of his
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The success of Amenhotep III’s building schemes, and as result the economic prosperity and stability of Egypt, was reflected in the efficient administration led by talented officials and bureaucracy. Such was Amenhotep Son of Hapu, who was oversaw the recruiting of civil and military workers as well as the supervision of buildings. Additionally, the Pharoah’s viziers were namely Ptahmose, Ramose, Amenhotep, and Aper-el- all of whom he conferred with for legal and administrative advice.

The benefits of building were twofold. As historian Kemp mentions, “Ideology needs architecture for its fullest expression”, just as building represented the pharaoh’s, thus all of Egypt’s, prosperity. Most if not all of the pharaohs’ building programs were temples. In dedicating places to particular gods, the pharaoh demonstrated piety, and consequently in pleasing the gods, further secured the maintenance of Egypt’s economic wealth- fulfilling another facetof upholding ma’at. Initially, the promotion of the Amun cult, a major god, was the primary project of Amenhotep; investing a significant portion of Egypt’s wealth towards the priesthood. Schemes involved extending Karnak- particularly the construction of

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