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Biography of Ahmose Pen-nekhbet

    Hereditary prince, count, wearer of the royal seal, chief treasurer, herald [of his Lord, ....], Ahmose, called Pen-Nekhbet, triumphant; he says: "I followed King Nebpehtire, triumphant. I captured for him in Zahi a living prisoner and a hand."
    ............ Ahmose, called Pen-Nekhbet; he says: "By the sovereign, who lives forever! I was not separated from the king upon the battlefield, from (the time of) King Nebpehtire, triumphant, to King Okhepernere, triumphant; I was in favor of the king's presence, until King Menkheperre, living forever.
Nebpehtire : Nebpehtyre, Ahmose I (1570-1546)
triumphant : deceased
Zahi : Djahi, region in northern Canaan, Phoenicia
a hand : Dead enemies had one hand amputated as proof of a kill
Okhepernere : Akheperenre, Thutmose II (1515-1498)
Menkheperre, living forever : Thutmose III (1504-1450), who was alive when the inscription was made
    King Zeserkere, triumphant, gave to me, of gold: two bracelets, two necklaces, an armlet, a dagger, a headdress, a fan, and a mekhtebet.
    King Okheperkere, triumphant, gave to me of gold: two bracelets, four necklaces, one armlet, six flies, three lions, two golden axes.
    King Okhepernere, triumphant, gave to me of gold: three bracelets, six necklaces, three armlets, a mekhtebet, a silver axe.
Zeserkere : Djeserkare, Amenhotep I (1546-1527)
of gold : see rewards for military service
mekhtebet : possibly an adornment
Okheperkere: Akheperkare, Thutmose I (1527-1515)
    He says: "I followed the kings of Upper and Lower Egypt, the gods; I was with their majesties when they went to the South and North country, in every place where they went; [from] King Nebpehtire, triumphant, King Zeserkere, [triumphant], King Okheperkere, triumphant, King Okhepernere, triumphant, until this Good God, King Menkheperre who is given life forever.
    I attained a good old age, having had a life of royal favor, having had honor under their majesties and the love of me having been in court."
This part of the biography was inscribed on the wall of Ahmose's tomb at el Kab
    I followed King Zeserkere, triumphant; I captured for him in Kush a living prisoner.
    Again I served King Zeserkere, triumphant; I captured for him on the north of Imukehek, three hands.
    I followed the King Okheperkere, triumphant; I captured for him in Kush, two living prisoners, beside three living prisoners, whom I brought off in Kush, without counting them.
    Again I served for King Okheperkere, triumphant; I captured for him in the country of Naharin, 21 hands, one horse, and one chariot.
    I followed King Okhepernere, triumphant; there were brought off for me in Shasu very many living prisoners; I did not count them.
Imukehek : possibly in Libya
Okheperkere: Thutmose I
Naharin : Region north of Canaan and south of Hatti - Syria
Okhepernere : Thutmose II
Shasu : Bedouin of Sinai
    The divine consort, the Great King's Wife, Makere, triumphant, repeated honors to me. I reared her eldest daughter, the Royal Daughter, Nefrure, triumphant, while she was a child upon the breast .........
James Henry Breasted Ancient Records of Egypt Part Two,
§§ 20ff; §§ 41f, §§ 84f; § 124; § 344
Makere : Maatkare, Hatshepsut (1498-1483) - here not referred to as Pharaoh


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