Thutmose I and the Wars of Expansion Thebes, 1519 BCE. Amunhotep I is dead; Queen Mother Ahhotep is dead. Power has shifted from one branch of the family to another, and a newcomer is on the throne. Thutmose I secures his legitimacy by marrying a cousin and a sister of Amunhotep, then launches two campaigns [...]

The New Kingdom begins with the reign of Amunhotep I. From 1530 BCE to 1510, Thebes enjoys a resurgence in wealth and power. Tombs become more elaborate, the middle-class of artisans and craftsmen grows, and the King's building program puts the city on the path to great splendour. But Amunhotep I is not the greatest king [...]