From The Complete Valley of the Kings (Cairo, 1996)

The many levels and long, twisting corridors of the tomb of Amenhotep III (1390–1353 B.C.) in the Valley of the Kings represent the king’s perilous journey through the netherworld, before being reborn., Egyptian kings fight heroic battles in the afterlife, much as they were expected to do, while living, as king and protector of the homeland. The tombs of royal women, on the other hand, present scenes of ritual and nurture—befitting the role of queen.