The Garden Guide

Amenhotep III,

Born - Died : ? - 1379 BC

Amenhotep III (also called Amenophis III) ruled Egypt from 1417 to 1379 BC. It was a peaceful and prosperous time and he became known as 'Amenhotep the Magnificent'. He enjoyed hunting and also made gardens. A large artificial lake was made near his palace for his wife, Tiy, to enjoy. His many construction projects included a mortuary temple in western Thebes, from which only the Colossi of Memnon survive. He also extended the temple of Karnak in eastern Thebes. The tomb of a high official from his reign, Sennefer, contained the most famous and most detailed drawing of an Egyptian domestic garden. It is illustrated and discussed by Gothein and by most garden historians.