Episode 55: Blood and Thunder

Second Intermediate Period (Part IV).


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. The formidable 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 try to salvage peace?



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.