Ahmose, son of Ebana

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His story begins in the period of the Hyksos domination. His father Ebana was a soldier of the 17th dynasty king Tao II., who tried to force the Hyksos out of delta. The sons of Tao II. - Kamose and then Ahmose I. continued in fights with the Hyksos after their father's death. Ahmose I. was successful and forced the Asian invaders out of Egypt.

Ahmose was born in El Kab in Upper Egypt. He became an officer on the ship „Wild bull“ Under Ahmose I. rule and was still a youth when he was chosen by the Pharaoh to replace his father as the royal ship leader. The Pharaoh rewarded the whole family for its loyalty this way.

Ahmose led Theban fleet

The first campaign of Ahmose was into Avaris - the capital of the Hyksos. Ahmose I led his soldieries overland and young Ahmose commanded the rest of Theban flotilla on the Nile. The Egyptians conquered Heliopolis and even quickened their movement. They seized Al Qantarah El Sharqiyya, 150 kilometers to the north, to cut off the escape route from the enemies and prevent potential coming of Hyksos military reinforcements.

After conquering Avaris, Pharaoh pursued the Hyksos into their rear fortress Sharuhen. The Egyptian army was welcomed triumphant in Thebes (Waset) and it was just young Ahmose, who was one of the most celebrated people. But the soldiers couldn't enjoy the peace for a long time – an uprising erupted in the Kingdom of Kush and Ahmose couldn't be missing at that of course.

Ahmose the Egyptian Navy commander

The Egyptian foreign policy changed totally after 18th dynasty came to the throne. After Ahmose I. large areas were conquered by his successors Amenhotep I. and Thutmose I. in Africa and around Euphrates. Ahmose kept his influences after death of Ahmose I., under Amenhotep I. rule, who appreciated the valour of excellent soldier. Amenhotep I. appointed him a title of "royal navy commandant" and also title of "ruler's fellow fighter". It was an exceptional privilege and Ahmose thanks to it belonged to men with the highest position in the land.

Ahmose stayed loyal to a new Pharaoh, Thutmose I., after death of Amenhotep I. New campaings led him into Sudan and Anatolia, where Egyptian soldierie encountered the rising superpower – the Kingdom of Mitanni. Ahmose was still a member of Egyptian navy at the age of seventy. When he deservedly retired, he received many estates and thanks to the rent from the Pharaoh he could spend his time in his native town El Kab as a respected soldier.He let inscribe the story of his life on walls of rock tomb before he died and thanks to it his story has preserved to these days.

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