(Iah-msiw) Fifth King of the twenty-sixth Egyptian dynasty (saita), usurped the throne to Apries who gave death in military confrontation had in Momenfis (trail of the new year). Two years later, among the 568 and 567 BC, it could Repulse an attack of Nabucodonosor II, whose troops had arrived to Putu-Iamau. Conquered, in addition, some cities of Cyprus, then using the fleet of that island to trade on the Mediterranean Sea. He/She agreed with Croesus of Lydia (the threat of Persian Ciro II was dangerous), with Polycrates of Samos and the State of Cyrene (marry, according to Herodotus, a Cyrenaica name Ladike) and even with Babylon (peace with Nabucodonosor II and Nabonidus). Within its policy filohelenica, although it had risen to the throne supported by the nationalists against the Greek mercenaries of Apries, Pharaoh Amasis was able to avoid friction between Greeks and natives, concentrating at first on Naucratis, city that granted privileges, also establishing a field of greco-carios mercenaries in Memphis.
Although Amasis, given the economic prosperity of Egypt, gave the country of elegant monuments (temples in Abydos and Mendes, Sanctuary of Isis at Memphis), of it have come few examples of architecture (naos) and plastic (Sphinxes), every time that were destroyed by the Persian Cambyses, although some stelae which appears figurative are known. Among the outstanding characters of his reign should quote his daughter Nitocris II, divine wife of Amon, the Director of the Anticamara Ahmessaneith, the head of the Royal Navy Udjahorresnet, and great quartermaster Peftauneith, among others. Amasis, whose Crest name had been that of Khnemibre, was buried in the Temple of Sais, and the throne passed to his son Psammetico III, had an Egyptian wife or one such Tanetkheta, foreign-born.