Episode 55: Blood and Thunder

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War Up and Down the Nile: Thebes vs the Hyksos Vassals

1560 BCE: King Seqenenre Tao is dead. His body must now be retrieved from the battlefield and given its proper burial, a task which falls to his widow.

This formidable and talented Queen Ah-Hotep will keep Thebes together, helping to maintain its unity in the face of catastrophe.

Soon, Seqenenre’s son, Kamose must decide: will he take vengeance? Or will he try to salvage a 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.