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Seti I Although he only ruled for 11 years according to Cottrell Seti I must be regarded as one of the greatest of the Warrior Pharaohs He obtained much distinction as a soldier and administrator and even dated the years of his reign as renaissance Kitchin claims Setis overriding aim was the renewal of Egypt through following the examples of Thutmose III and Amenhotep III and his throne name Men-ma-re was a cross between these great kings As a man of military upbringing he hoped to restore those areas of Syria which had been part of the Egyptian area by following the strategy of Thutmose III Similarly he also wished to equal the magnificent buildings of Amenhotep III Military Setis military campaigns are celebrated in reliefs on the walls of the Hypostyle Hall at Karnak They show his prowess in battle and give some details of his moves in Syria however a clear chronological picture is not evident His ultimate objective was to conquer the lands of Kadesh and Amurru This would be achieved through gaining a hold on Palestine controlling the Phoenician coastline and launching an attack on Syria from the coast Seti achieved this during his first six years leading many historians to state he was equal in military greatness to Thutmose III The first campaign in year 1 of Setis reign was based on a claim of rebellion in Asia with the Karnak inscriptions telling of how Seti received reports that the Bedouin of Palestine were plotting rebellion This was what the king was waiting for - an opportunity to lead his army out of Egypt They were easily defeated and he erected a victory stela at Beth-Shan In the next three years he also dealt with disturbances in Galilee and took control of the seaports of Tyre and Byblos among others With control of the Phoenician coastline he was now prepared to launch an attack against Kadesh and Amurru
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