Amenhotep III was one of the most prodigious
builders in Egyptian History and many of his statues and temples
survive today. Amongst the most impressive of these are the so
called Colossi of Memnon, which stood
at the entrance to his mortuary temple.
Amenhotep III had a long and successful reign. He inherited
a stable and prosperous empire effectively founded by his great-grandfather
Amenhotep III's life was not without its share of tragedy. Akhenaten was never intended to replace his father on the throne, that role was supposed to be filled by his Amenhotep IIIs oldest son, Thutmose. But unfortunately he died before his father, which promoted Amenhotep IV (as Akhenaten was known then) to heir to the crowns.
Amenhotep's tomb in the valley of the kings, KV22 was discovered
by a French expedition in 1799 and is still one of the most impressive
The rise to prominence of the Aten began before the reign of Amenhotep III, but it wa she who first started to promote the Aten as a major god. At the city of the sun god Ra, Heliopolis, there was a priesthood of Aten.