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Walls behind the colonnades were carved with scenes of the pharaoh trampling enemies, hunting and planting seeds. But where, in all this architecture, was the traditional pharonic pyramid? Viewed from the front, the cliffs behind Montuhotep’s temple form a natural pyramid shape. Montuhotep II followed his famous father and namesake in building a similar mortuary complex, but he died after reigning only twelve years and never completed the building. Confusion followed. We have evidence of at least a six-year reign by a third Montuhotep, but hear no more from this family.

All those who could afford to do so began constructing their tombs in the hills nearby. Akhenaten’s religion is history’s first recorded example of monotheism, and it did not fare well. Although Akhenaten worshiped his one god in Akhetaten, Egyptians elsewhere continued to celebrate all their traditional gods. Dismayed by their actions, Akhenaten sent stone carvers throughout Egypt to obliterate the names of the other divinities and close their temples, a gesture which changed few people’s religious practices but forced them angrily underground.

One would expect a son raised by a military father to seek approval through warrior skills—certainly he bragged about his strength and athletic prowess: according to one story, he shot an arrow through a metal plate as thick as the palm of a hand is wide. Nonetheless, after his father’s death, Amenhotep II engaged in only two military campaigns during a twenty-five-year reign. His successor, Tuthmosis IV, boasted that he had received the throne as a reward from the Sphinx in return for uncovering it from the sand.

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