Explain The Reasoning Behind The References To Amenhotep Iii Reign As Being The "Golden Age" Of The Egyptian Empire.

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It is believed that Amenhotep III ruled for almost 40 years during the 18th Dynasty of Egypt's history that represented one of its most prosperous and stable periods. Modern historians later dubbed this period of history the "Golden Age". However, many argue that Amenhotep III came to power at a time when Egypt was at its highest point, that the pharaohs before him were responsible for its prosperity, and little needed to be done by Amenhotep III to maintain its high status. It is even suggested that he did more harm then good, as many believe he was the instigator behind the motives of Akhenaten, his son, who would later become responsible for throwing Egypt into chaos.When Amenhotep III inherited the empire at the age of twelve, Egypt was in no great danger. Solid diplomatic policies established by his grandfather Amenhotep II, and his father Thutmose IV, along with the conquests of Thutmose III prior to them, had assured that Egypt was the richest country in the world, strong and secure politically, and exceptionally powerful.Aside from a few small incidents Amenhotep III spared his people from war and conquering was not an issue. At the age of 16 he took part in the only major military campaign of his reign. He was victorious in defeating a Nubian rebellion, taking 30 000 prisoners and commemorating the victory on stelae. Although little military action was needed during his time, Amenhotep III still claimed to be a strong and powerful man capable of combat.Amenhotep III was a great diplomatic, being largely advantaged by Egypt's wealth. He was widely respected internationally, having good trade links, marrying daughters' of foreign kings, and had a large gold...

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