Episode 55: Blood and Thunder

War up and down the Nile

Catastrophe hits the Theban resistance when King Seqen-en-Re Tao is killed. His body must be retrieved from the battlefield and given proper burial, a task which falls to his widow. The Queen Ahhotep I comes to power as regent, and through political and personal will she keeps the Theban kingdom together.

Soon, Ahhotep and Seqenenre’s son Kamose comes of age and must decide: will he take vengeance, or seek a period of peace?

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The royal names and titles of Seqenenre on the burial shroud of his son, Ahmose.

(Egyptian Museum, Turin, Italy; Image: Wikipedia).

One of two Kamose stelae, detailing his campaigns in the North.


Garry J. Shaw. “The Death of King Seqenenre Tao.” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt. 2009. Read online at JSTOR.

Aidan Dodson & Dyan Hilton. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. 2010.

William Kelly Simpson (editor). The Literature of Ancient Egypt.

Anthony J. Spalinger. War in Ancient Egypt. 2005.

Reshafim.org – The Kamose Inscriptions.

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