Amenhotep III (c. 1411–1375 BCE) was an Egyptian Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty.
Amenhotep III ruled peacefully at home, advancing culture and art, while securing Egyptian power in Babylonia and Assyria. During his reign he rebuilt the ancient capital of Thebes, with stunning architecture like the Colossi of Memnon, the temple at Luxor and the Karnak pylon.
He has over 250 surviving statues, a number greater than any other Egyptian ruler.
From his mummified remains archaeologists can see that he had worn teeth and many dental cavities. And he invoked the goddess Ishtar (who figures in the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh) to heal several illnesses, including his dental pain.
His son was Amenhotep IV, who renamed himself Akhenaten, fashioning after himself a solar-based monotheism.
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