Ahhotep I

Ahhotep I

Ahhotep I (Ancient Egypt, c.1560—c.1530 BCE) was a queen at the end of the 17th dynasty of ancient Egypt. There are many theories on exactly what relation she had with various pharaohs, and whether she was the sister-in-law, wife, or mother of a few of them. The most common theory is that she was the daughter of Queen Tetisheri, the wife and sister of Pharaoh Seqenenre Taa II, and the mother of Kamose, Ahmose I, Ahmose Nefertari, and others. She held several titles throughout her life: The Great Royal Wife, The associate of the White Crown Bearer, King’s Mother, and Mistress of the Shores Beyond the Islands.

When her son Ahmose expelled the Hyskos, he took his army to Nubia in order to retake lost territories. While he was gone, Hyskos sympathizers staged a rebellion against Thebes and the royal family. Ahhotep I rallied troupes and managed to stop the rebellion. For her service to the crown, Ahhotep was awarded the Golden Flies of Valor, jewelry, and ornamental weaponry.

A tomb for the Great Royal Wife Ahhotep I was discovered, but many scholars believe that it is not her original tomb but one that was rebuilt by the Egyptians later after her death.