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Wadjkheperre Kamose, Pharaoh of Egypt

Birthplace: Egypt
Death: -1549
Immediate Family:

Son of Seqenenre Tao, Pharaoh of Egypt and Ahhotep I . ., Queen of Egypt
Husband of Ahhotep I . ., Queen of Egypt
Father of Ahmose-Sitkamose Pharaoh
Brother of Ahmose-Nefertari, Great Royal Wife, God's Wife of Amun; Nebpehtire Ahmose I, Pharaoh of Egypt; Ahmose-Meritamon . .; Ahmose-Nebetta . .; Ahmose-Tumerisy . . and 3 others
Half brother of Ahmose . . and Ahmose-Henuttamehu

Occupation: 15th PHARAOH of the 17th Dynasty of EGYPT
Managed by: Bianca May Evelyn Brennan
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About Wadjkheperre Kamose, Pharaoh of Egypt


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Pharaoh of Egypt

Reign 1554–1549 BC, 17th Dynasty

Predecessor Tao II the Brave

Successor Ahmose I

Royal titulary[show]

Children Sitkamose (?)

Father Tao II Seqenenre

Mother Ahhotep I

Died 1549 BC

Kamose was the last king of the Theban Seventeenth Dynasty. He was probably the son of Sekenenra Tao II and Ahhotep I and the full brother of Ahmose I, founder of the Eighteenth Dynasty. His reign fell at the very end of the Second Intermediate Period. Kamose is usually ascribed a reign of three years (his highest attested regnal year), although some scholars now favor giving him a longer reign of approximately five years.[3]

His reign is important for the decisive military initiatives he took against the Hyksos, who had come to rule much of Ancient Egypt.[4] His father had begun the initiatives and, quite possibly, lost his life in battle with them. It is thought that his mother, as regent, continued the campaigns after the death of Karmose (also in battle with the Hyksos), and that his full brother made the final conquest of them and united all of Egypt.

Contents [hide]

1 Campaigns

1.1 Casus Belli

1.2 Northern Campaign

1.3 First Nubian Campaign

2 Length of reign

3 Mummy

4 References

5 Bibliography


[edit]Casus Belli

Kamose was the final king in a succession of native Egyptian kings at Thebes. Originally, the Theban Seventeenth dynasty rulers were at peace with the Hyksos kingdom to their north prior to the reign of Seqenenre Tao II.[5] They controlled Upper Egypt up to Elephantine and ruled Middle Egypt as far north as Cusae.[6] Kamose sought to extend his rule northward over all of Lower Egypt. This apparently was met with much opposition by his courtiers. It appears that at some point, these princes in Thebes had achieved a practical modus vivendi with the later Hyksos rulers, which included transit rights through Hyksos-controlled Middle and Lower Egypt and pasturage rights in the fertile Delta.[7] Kamose's records on the Carnarvon Tablet relate the misgivings of this king's council to the prospect of a war against the Hyksos:

“ See, all are loyal as far as Cusae. We are tranquil in our part of Egypt. Elephantine [at the First Cataract] is strong, and the middle part (of the land) is with us as far as Cusae. Men till for us the finest of their lands. Our cattle pasture in the Papyrus marshes. Corn is sent for our swine. Our cattle are not taken away... He holds the land of the Asiatics; we hold Egypt..."[8] ”

However, Kamose's presentation here may be propaganda designed to embellish his reputation since his predecessor, Seqenenre Tao II, had already been engaged in conflict with the Hyksos only to fall in battle. Kamose sought to regain by force what he thought was his by right, namely the kingship of Lower and Upper Egypt.[9] The king thus responds to his council:

“ I should like to know what serves this strength of mine, when a chieftain in Avaris, and another in Cush, and I sit united with an Asiatic and a Nubian, each in possession of his slice of Egypt, and I cannot pass by him as far as Memphis... No man can settle down, when despoiled by the taxes of the Asiatics. I will grapple with him, that I may rip open his belly! My wish is to save Egypt and to smite the Asiatic!"[10] ”

There is no evidence to support Pierre Montet's assertion that Kamose's move against the Hyksos was sponsored by the priesthood of Amun as an attack against the Seth-worshippers in the north (i.e., a religious motive for the war of liberation). The Carnarvon Tablet does state that Kamose went north to attack the Hyksos by the command of Amun, but this is simple hyperbole, common to virtually all royal inscriptions of Egyptian history, and should not be understood as the specific command from this deity. Kamose states his reasons for an attack on the Hyksos was nationalistic pride. He was also likely merely continuing the aggressive military policies of his immediate predecessor, Seqenenre, who apparently died in battle against the Hyksos.

[edit]Northern Campaign

In Kamose's third year, he embarked on his military campaign against the Hyksos by sailing north out of Thebes on the Nile. He first reached Nefrusy, which was just north of Cusae and was manned by an Egyptian garrison loyal to the Hyksos.[11] A detachment of Medjay troops attacked the garrison and overran it.[11] The Carnavon Tablet recounted this much of the campaign, but breaks off there. Nonetheless, Kamose's military strategy probably can be inferred. As Kamose moved north, he could easily take small villages and wipe out small Hyksos garrisons, but if a city resisted, he could cut it off from the rest of the Hyksos kingdom simply by taking over the city directly to the north. This kind of tactic probably allowed him to travel very quickly up the Nile.[12] A second stele also found in Thebes, continues Kamose's narrative again with an attack on Avaris. Because it does not mention Memphis or other major cities to the north, it has long been suspected that Kamose never did attack Avaris, but instead recorded what he intended to do.[11] Kim Ryholt recently has argued that Kamose probably never advanced farther than the Anpu or Cynopolis Nome in Middle Egypt (around the Faiyum and the city of Saka) and did not enter either the Nile Delta, nor Lower Egypt proper.[13]

According to the second stele, after moving north of Nefrusy, Kamose's soldiers captured a courier bearing a message from the Hyksos king Awoserre Apopi at Avaris to his ally, the ruler of Kush, requesting the latter's urgent support against Kamose. Kamose promptly ordered a detachment of his troops to occupy and destroy the Bahariya Oasis in the western desert, which controlled the north-south desert route. Kamose, called "the Strong" in this text, ordered this action to protect his rearguard. Kamose then sailed southward, back up the Nile to Thebes, for a joyous victory celebration after his military success against the Hyksos in pushing the boundaries of his kingdom northward from Cusae past Hermopolis through to Sako, which now formed the new frontier between seventeenth dynasty of Thebes and the fifteenth dynasty Hyksos state.[14]

Ryholt notes that Kamose never claims, in his second stela to attack anything in Avaris itself, only "anything belonging to Avaris (nkt hwt-w'rt, direct genetive) ie: the spoil [of war] which his army has carried off" as lines 7-8 and 15 of Kamose's stela--the only references to Avaris here--demonstrate:

Line 7-8: I placed the brave guard-flotilla to patrol as far as the desert-edge with the remainder (of the fleet) behind it, as if a kite were preying upon the territory of Avaris.

Line 15: I have not overlooked anything belonging to Avaris, because it (the area which Kamose was plundering) is empty.[15]

The Second Stela of Kamose is well known for recounting that a Hyksos messenger was captured with a letter from Apophis--appealing for aid from the king of Kush against Kamose--while travelling through the western desert roads to Nubia. The final evidence that this king's military activities affected only the Cynopolite nome, and not the city of Avaris itself, is the fact that when Kamose returned the letter to Apophis, he dispatched it to Atfih which is about a hundred miles south of Avaris. Atfih, hence, formed either the new border or a no-man's land between the now shrunken Hyksos kingdom and Kamose's expanding seventeenth dynasty state. Furthermore, Kamose states in his second stele that his intention in returning the letter was for the Hyksos messenger to inform Apophis of the Theban king's victories "in the area of Cynopolis which used to be in his possession."[16] This information confirms that Kamose confined his activities to this Egyptian nome and never approached the city of Avaris itself in his Year 3.

[edit]First Nubian Campaign

Kamose is known to have campaigned against the Kushites prior to his third year since the Hyksos king directly appeals to his Kushite counterpart to attack his Theban rival and avenge the damage which Kamose had inflicted upon both their states. It is unlikely that Kamose had the resources, simultaneously, to defeat the Kushites to the south and then, inflict a serious setback on the Hyksos to the north in just one year over a front-line that extended over several hundred kilometres.[17]

[edit]Length of reign

His Year 3 is the only attested date for Kamose and was once thought to signal the end of his reign. However, it now appears certain that Kamose reigned for one or two more years beyond this date because he initiated a second campaign against the Nubians. Evidence that Kamose had started a first campaign against the Kushites is affirmed by the contents of Apophis' captured letter where the Hyksos king's plea for aid from the king of Kush is recounted in Kamose's Year 3 Second stela:

“ Do you see what Egypt has done to me? The ruler who is in it, Kamose-the-Brave, given life, is attacking me on my soil although I have not attacked him in the manner of all he has done against you. He is choosing these two lands to bring affliction upon them, my land and yours, and he has ravaged them."[18] ”

Two separate rock-inscriptions found at Arminna and Toshka, deep in Nubia, give the prenomen and nomen of Kamose and Ahmose side by side and were inscribed at the same time—likely by the same draughtsman—according to the epigraphic data.[19] In both inscriptions "the names of Ahmose follow directly below those of Kamose and each king is given the epithet di'nh which was normally used only of ruling kings. This indicates that both Kamose and Ahmose were ruling when the inscription were cut and consequently that they were coregents."[19] Since Kamose's name was recorded first, he would have been the senior coregent. However, no mention or reference to Ahmose as king appears in Kamose's Year 3 stela which indirectly records Kamose's first campaign against the Nubians; this can only mean that Kamose appointed the young Ahmose as his junior coregent sometime after his third year prior to launching a second military campaign against the Nubians.[20] As a result, Kamose's second Nubian campaign must have occurred in his Year 4 or 5. The target of Kamose's second Nubian campaign may have been the fortress at Buhen which the Nubians had recaptured from Kamose's forces since a stela bearing his cartouche was deliberately erased and there is fire damage in the fort itself.[21]

A slightly longer reign of five years for Kamose has now been estimated by Ryholt and this ruler's time-line has been dated from 1554 BC to 1549 BC to take into account a one year period of coregency between Ahmose and Kamose.[22] Donald Redford notes that Kamose was buried very modestly, in an ungilded stock coffin which lacked even a royal uraeus.[23] This may imply that the king died before he had enough time to complete his burial equipment presumably because he was engaged in warfare with his Kushite and Hyksos neighbours.


The mummy of Kamose is mentioned in the Abbott Papyrus, which records an investigation into tomb robberies during the reign of Ramesses IX, about 400 years after Ahmose's internment. While his tomb was mentioned as being "in a good state",[24] it is clear that his mummy was moved at some point afterward, as it was discovered in 1857 at Dra' Abu el-Naga', seemingly deliberately hidden in a pile of debris. The painted and stuccoed coffin was uncovered by early Egyptologists Auguste Mariette and Heinrich Brugsch, who noted that the mummy was in very poor shape. Buried with the mummy was a gold and silver dagger, amulets, a scarab, a bronze mirror, and a pectoral in the shape of a cartouche bearing the name of his successor and brother, Ahmose.[25]

The coffin remains in Egypt, with the dagger in Brussels and the pectoral and mirror residing the Louvre, Paris. The name of the pharaoh inscribed on the coffin was only recognized for what it was fifty years after the original discovery, by which time the mummy, which had been left with the pile of debris on which it was found, was almost certainly, long lost.[26]

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Kamosze [szerkesztés]

Megtekintett lap (+/-)

A Wikipédiából, a szabad enciklopédiából.


Szekenenré Ta-aa Egyiptomi fáraó

XVII. dinasztia Utódja:

I. Jahmesz


Uralkodása i. e. 1554–1550



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Apja Szenahtenré Ta-aa

               vagy Szekenenré Ta-aa

Anyja Tetiseri

               vagy Ahhotep

Gyermekei Szitkamosze (?)

Kamosze az ókori egyiptomi XVII. dinasztia és a második átmeneti kor utolsó fáraója. Rövid uralkodása arra az időre esett, amikor Egyiptom az északi országrészt megszállva tartó hükszószok ellen harcolt. Kamosze harcos fáraó volt, két hadjáratot is vezetett a hükszószok ellen. Végül utóda, I. Jahmesz uralkodása alatt sikerült legyőzni a hükszószokat.

Tartalomjegyzék [elrejtés]

1 Családi háttere

2 Uralkodása

2.1 A núbiai hadjárat

2.2 Az avariszi hadjárat

3 Jelentősége

4 Titulatúra

5 Forrás

Családi háttere [szerkesztés]

Elődje, Szekenenré idősebbik fiának és I. Jahmesz bátyjának tekintették,[1] de újabban Szekenenré és Jahmesz múmiáinak vizsgálata után – melynél megállapították, körülbelül hány évesen hunytak el – úgy tartják, Szekenenré öccse lehetett, aki kiskorú unokaöccse helyett foglalta el a trónt, hogy a kritikus időszakban felnőtt uralkodója legyen az országnak.[2] Más feltételezések szerint ez az elmélet is gyenge lábakon áll, mivel Kamosze szüleit sehol nem említik, koporsójáról pedig hiányzott a királyságot jelképező ureuszkígyó.[3]

Lehetséges, hogy volt egy Ahhotep nevű felesége, de az ő létezését csak egy koporsó feliratára alapozzák, ami lehetett Szekenenré feleségéé, Ahhotep királynéé is.[4] Az is elképzelhető, hogy a két Ahhotep azonos, és Kamosze Szekenenré özvegyét vette feleségül; Jahmesz lehetett akár az ő fia is.[5] Az ebben az időben élt Szitkamosze hercegnőt neve alapján lehet Kamosze lányának tekinteni, a név jelentése ugyanis pontosan ez: Kamosze lánya.[6]

Uralkodása [szerkesztés]

Kamosze egy áldozati tárgya, egy bárka

„Szeretném tudni, hogy mire való az én erőm? Egy [idegen] fejedelem van Avariszban, egy másik Núbiában, én pedig itt ülök, és együtt vagyok egy ázsiaival és egy núbiaival; mindegyiknek kiszakított része van Egyiptomból és megosztja az országot velem.” – Kamosze sztéléje (ford. Wessetzky Vilmos).[7]

Kamosze uralkodásáról a legfontosabb történeti dokumentum az általa a karnaki Ámon-templomban állíttatott két egyforma szövegű sztélé. Mindkettő töredékesen maradt fenn, de a két töredékből összeállítható a teljes szöveg.[8] A sztélék felirata pontosan beszámol Egyiptom megosztottságáról, amelynek a fáraó – a hükszósz harcokban elesett elődjét követve – véget akart vetni. Kamosze körülbelül három, de legfeljebb öt évig tartó uralkodása (legkésőbbi feljegyzett uralkodási éve a 3.[9]) harcokkal telt. Két nagy hadjáratáról van feljegyzés, ebből az egyiket Dél felé, Núbiába indította, a másikat a hükszósz főváros, Avarisz ellen.[3]

A núbiai hadjárat [szerkesztés]

Núbiában nagyjából ebben az időben állt hatalma csúcsán az ún. kermai kultúra. Kerma városa a 3. kataraktától délre terült el, és urai felügyelet alatt tartották a kataraktákat őrző erődöket, köztük Buhen erődjét.[10]

Kamosze még 3. uralkodási éve előtt sikeresen visszafoglalta a buheni erődöt, valamint a két másikat, Mirgissza és Aszkut erődjét, és visszaszorította a kermaiakat, bár magát Kermát csak jóval később, már a XVIII. dinasztia uralma alatt foglalták el az egyiptomiak. Ezzel megnyílt az út Núbia aranybányái felé, az egyiptomiaknak nem kellett többé adót fizetniük Kerma urának, ha Dél felé hajóztak a Níluson, és nem kellett attól tartani, hogy a núbiaiak hátba támadják őket az Avarisz ellen indított hadjárat alatt.[11]

Kamosze és Jahmesz seregében is szolgáltak núbiai katonák, nem tudni róluk, önként csatlakoztak vagy erőszakkal toborozták be őket a seregbe.[12]

Az avariszi hadjárat [szerkesztés]

Bővebben: Hükszósz háború

Még a 3. uralkodási év előtt megkezdődött az Avarisz elleni hadjárat is.[3] Kuszain túlhaladva átlépte az uralma alatt lévő terület határát, és először a hermopoliszi kerületben található Neferuszi városát foglalta el, ahol a hükszószokhoz hű Teti fejedelem uralkodott. Kamosze seregei körülzárták a várost, majd hajnalban rohammal bevették, a lakosságot kiirtották vagy rabszolgasorba vetették.[13][14]

Második sztéléje felirata szerint Neferuszitól északra Kamosze elfogta a hükszósz uralkodó, Apepi levelét, melyet a núbiaiaknak küldött, és melyben elpanaszolta, hogy Kamosze megtámadta, valamint arra kérte a núbiai királyt, hogy támadja meg ő is Kamoszét. A fáraó katonákat küldött az észak-déli sivatagi utakat ellenőrzése alatt tartó Baharijja-oázisba, hogy ezt megakadályozza.[14]

Miután sorban elfoglalta Közép-Egyiptom hükszósz befolyás alatt álló városait, Kamosze Avarisz ellen indult. Sztéléje beszámol arról, hogy flottája blokád alá vonta Avariszt, és sok zsákmányt hurcoltak el – köztük hajóépítéshez való cédrusfát, aranyat, ezüstöt, lazúrkövet és rengeteg fegyvert –, közben a palota hölgyei ijedten néztek ki az erődből az egyiptomiakra, „mint fiatal gyíkok az üregből”. A dicsekvő hangnemű szöveg („Én iszom már szőlőid borát, én kapálom szzékhelyed földjét, én vágom ki fáidat”) ellenére is nyilvánvaló azonban, hogy magát Avariszt nem támadták meg, a fáraó célja csak megfélemlítés volt. A stratégia szempontjából kulcsfontosságú Memphiszt a szöveg nem is említi.[13][14]

Jelentősége [szerkesztés]

Kamosze hadjáratával a hükszoszok és az egyiptomiak uralta terület határa északabbra került ugyan, de Avarisz hatalmát nem sikerült megtörni. Tizenegy évvel később, mire Kamosze ifjú utóda, Jahmesz felnőtt, az egyiptomiaknak az egész háborút elölről kellett kezdeni.[14]

Kamosze szövegei említik, hogy a zsákmány része volt számos ló és harci kocsi. Ezek Egyiptomban korábban ismeretlenek voltak, és nagy szerepet játszottak abban, hogy a hükszószok elfoglalták Felső-Egyiptomot. Feltehetőleg Kamosze uralkodását követően kezdtek Egyiptomban is elterjedni.[15]

Titulatúra [szerkesztés]

A fáraók titulatúrájának magyarázatát és történetét lásd az Ókori egyiptomi címek szócikkben.



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