Amenhotep I was succeeded not by his son (a break with tradition that would usually indicate a change in dynasty), but by a military man, Tuthmosis, already in middle-age when he achieved supreme power. He may have partly legitimized his rule by acting as co-regent with Amenhotep in the last years of the old king's reign. His main claim to the throne, however, was through his wife, the princess Ahmose, who was the daughter of Ahmose I and Queen Ahmose Nefertary. Since ancient Egypt was a matrilineal society, he had thus married into the royal blood line.
|Tuthmosis I Statue|
Under Tuthmosis the grip of the priests of Amun at Karnak began to take hold, as the king extensively remodelled and restored the great temple to the chief of the gods under his architect Ineni. On his great Abydos stele, Tuthmosis records not only his vast building work there but also the fact that 'I made the boundaries of Egypt as far as that which the sun encircles ... I made Egypt the superior of every land.'
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