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Ancient Egyptian Religion in the Early 18th Dynasty Sartini, Lisa


The entry gives an overview of the religious beliefs and practices of the Egyptian population at the beginning of the 18th Dynasty, the first dynasty of the New Kingdom (ca. 1550–1070 BCE). During this period, which approximately goes from the reign of the dynasty founder Ahmose to that of Thutmosis III (ca. 1550–1425 BCE), Egypt became a world power, expanding its influence and control in Near East and Nubia through a series of military campaigns. As a consequence, the pharaohs began to control significant wealth, which they largely bestowed on their gods, especially the theban god Amon (also knows as Amon- Ra given its fusion with the sun god Ra). He was elevated to the role of king of the gods and then became the dynastic/state god par excellence.

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