Ahmose expelled the Hyksos and gave delivered a new, military minded, outward
looking Egypt. He became a model for the 'warrior pharaohs' that followed him. He drove the hated Hyksos from Egypt, then recaptured Egyptian control of Nubia, and re-established the borders given to Egypt by the gods. He married his full sister Ahmose- Nefertari, who would become one of the great Royal Wives. Ahmose, son of Ebana's autobiography is an interesting, if one-sided source on the expulsion of the Hyksos. It tells of the recapture of Memphis, and the Hyksos capital of Avaris, and the three-year siege and eventual capture of the prime military and commercial base of Sharuhen. He boasts of rewards given to him for his success. It also suggests the beginning of a professional army and navy.
• Founder of the XVIII Dynasty because he expelled the Hyksos and gave birth to a new military minded and outward looking Egypt
• Came to the throne as a “nestling falcon” and his mother, Ahhotep, probably co-ruled with him
• 26 year rule
• Because Ahmose was a child when he came to throne, no military activity meant Hyksos regained some ground
• Ahmose resumes battle against the Hyksos, expels them to Sharuhen.
• Makes (3?) campaigns against Avaris before it fell
• Once Hyksos expelled, Ahmose consolidated Egypt by uniting them under one religion of the syncretisation of Amun and Ra- Amun-Ra
• Reorganised the administration of the country by dividing it into Upper and Lower Egypt positions- also split vizier job
• Ahmose also led battle into Nubia, which gave Egypt control over much wealth to help unification
• Had to put down numerous rebellions, obviously successful in putting them down because there were no more records of rebellions for quite some time
• Started a building program at Karnak that many later pharaohs would add to.
• Also created full-time professional army
• Siege at Sharuhen which Egypt eventually wins- creating a buffer zone...