The fourteenth king of the Theban Dynasty, ruling Egypt contemporaneously with the Hyksos
15th and 16th Dynasties, was the son of Tao I and Queen Tetisheri. When Tao received word
from Apophis, ruler of the Hyksos capital in Avaris, that the hippopotami in the sacred pool at
Thebes kept him awake with their snoring, Tao regarded it as an insult. The hippopotami were
400 miles from Apophis sleeping chambers! Tao declared war but was soon killed. His
mummy shows evidence of blows by battle-axes, spears and lances. His ribs, vertebrae and
skull were fractured. His heir, Kamose, assumed the throne and the war, and was victorious.