New Kingdom

New Kingdom
13 records
18th - 20th Dynasty (1569-1081 BCE)

The New Kingdom is known as the golden age of ancient Egyptian history—this is the period of Hatshepsut, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and other famous pharaohs. Through military campaigns, the warrior kings of this period Egypt extends Egypt’s empire far into the Levant and Nubia. The wealth gained by this military dominance created huge prosperity for Egypt and allowed art and literature to flourish once again. Kings also used their wealth to continue building monumental architecture. Although at this time pyramids were no longer built by kings, they built magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings at Thebes and imposing temples along the Nile, such as the Temple to Amun at Karnak. This period was also characterized by a balance of power among the rulers of the ancient Near East, resulting in strong diplomatic relations between Egypt and its neighbors.

- Amber Myers Wells, (2006)