King Amenhotep III.

There were several Egyptian kings called Amenhotep (the name means "The God Amun is Satisfied").

The third king of this name (called Amenhotep III by us, but the ancient Egyptians did not count their kings in this way), who reigned between 1391-1353 BC, was a great builder. One of his temples, now completely destroyed, was at Mennufer.

The tomb of Amenhotep III is in the West Valley, a branch of the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile opposite Luxor.

Amenhotep III was the father of the fourth king Amenhotep who later changed his name to Akhenaten.

Tutankhamun was the son of Amenhotep IV and grandson of Amenhotep III.

The temple of Amenhotep III at Mennufer is now completely destroyed, but some idea of its original appearance and size may be gleaned from the comparison with his mortuary temple at Weset (modern Luxor). There were the colossal statue (known as the Memnon Colossi) at the entrance to the temple at Weset. Somers Clarke MSS. 11.58. © Griffith Institute, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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