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Amenemhet I

Amenemhet I ä˝mĕnĕm´hĕt, ā˝– [key], d. 1970 BC, king of ancient Egypt, founder of the XII dynasty. The son of a powerful Theban family, he seized the kingship c.2000 BC The XII dynasty ushered in the Middle Kingdom of Egypt the subsequent dynasty of pharaohs named Amenemhet or Sesostris maintained peace throughout their hegemony, thus enabling the arts and sciences to flourish as they never would again in Egypt. Amenemhet I centralized the government and subjected the long-powerful nobles to a virtually feudal state. His son and successor, Sesostris I was coregent from 1980 BC

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