Episode 77: Lean and Swift

Amunhotep II (Part 1): The Early Years

1459 to 1440 BCE. Amunhotep II enjoyed a privileged upbringing. He rode chariots, competed in sports activities, and even trained horses. When he ascended to power, he continued many of these habits. From the battle-field to the sports-field, Amunhotep II immediately set out to carve a distinct niche for himself. We go in search of his personality and his mindset…


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The tutor Min teaches Amunhotep II to shoot arrows at the target (Min-Project.com)


Amunhotep II, in limestone, at Karnak.


A golden ring of Amunhotep II: the King smites an enemy, the hieroglyphs spell his throne name (Aa-kheperu-Re) (Brooklyn Museum).

stela of usersatet - semna - mma 149640

The Semna Stela of User-Satet (Boston MFA)

Usersatet at Sehel Island - wikipedia

A text of User-Satet, Viceroy of Nubia, at Sehel (Wikipedia)


Peter der Manuelian, Studies in the Reign of Amenophis II, 1987.

Betsy M. Bryan, The Reign of Thutmose IV, 1991.

W. Vivian Davies, “The British Museum epigraphic survey at Tombos: the stela of Usersatet and Hekaemsasen,” British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan (2009).

John Coleman Darnell, “The Stela of the Viceroy Usersatet (Boston MFA 25.632), his Shrine at Qasr Ibrim, and the Festival of Nubian Tribute under Amenhotep II,” ENiM (2014).

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.


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