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Amenhotep III was approximately fifty-five years old when he died, whereupon he was entombed in the Valley of the Kings. See also Anen; Karnak; Luxor; Tiy. Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) (ca. 1369–ca. ) An Eighteenth Dynasty king and the son of Amenhotep III, Amenhotep (“Amun Is Satisfied”) IV changed his name to Akhenaten (“He Who Serves Aten”) in the fifth year of his reign when he decided that the sun god Aten was superior to all other deities, even other sun gods. Egyptologists believe that Akhenaten’s mother, Queen Tiy, influenced her son in this regard, since she had been involved with an Aten cult earlier.
The type and degree of power exerted by an amulet were thought to vary according to its composition, shape, color, and markings. Certain amulets could protect against poor health, for example, while others were effective against famine or animal attacks. Frogshaped amulets were believed to protect against infertility, and amulets shaped like body parts were believed to strengthen and protect those parts. Amulets with markings representing offerings to the gods, such as wine, were believed to bring prosperity.
Amenhotep III (ca. 1407– ca. ) Amenhotep (“Amun Is Satisfied”) III, the ninth king of the Eighteenth Dynasty, enjoyed a reign of approximately forty years. During this time, Egypt was at peace except for some minor rebellions in Nubia. Consequently, the king was free to engage in numerous building projects. In particular, he ordered the restoration of several important temples, although on some occasions he dismantled other structures to acquire the necessary building materials. For example, stones from shrines built by Amenhotep I and Senwosret I have been found in the foundations of temple pylons at Karnak.
Ancient Egypt by Patricia Netzley