Tuthmosis IV Pharaoh Biography 1419-1386 BCThere may have been some doubt about the legitimacy of Tuthmosis IV's succession, since a long inscription preserved on a tall stele between the paws of the Sphinx at Giza smacks of propaganda in support of the new king. Known as the Dream Stele, it tells how the young prince Tuthmosis was out hunting in the desert when he fell asleep in the shadow of the Sphinx. Re-Harakhte, the sun god embodied in the Sphinx, appeared to him in a dream and promised that if the sand engulfing the great limestone body was cleared away, the prince would become king. Needless to say, the sand-clearing operation was immediately carried out and the prince became the fourth king of his name.
Little of a military nature appears to have occurred during Tuthmosis IV's reign, although our knowledge may be marred by the lack of texts. A Nubian campaign is recorded in Year 8, which was, of course, highly successful. There also appear to have been some Syrian campaigns, since the king is referred to twice as 'conqueror of Syria' - but these may have been rather low-key policing excursions rather than full blown military attacks.
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