King Sethy I ruled for around a decade in the early thirteenth century BC. His lifetime coincided with a critical point in Egyptian history, following the ill-starred religious revolution of Akhenaten, and heralding the last phase of Egypt’s imperial splendour. As the second scion of a wholly new royal family, his reign did much to set the agenda for the coming decades, both at home and abroad. Sethy was also a great builder, apparently with exquisite artistic taste, to judge from the unique quality of the decoration of his celebrated monuments at Abydos and Thebes. In this talk Aidan Dodson tells the story of Sethy’s career and monuments, not only in his own era, but also in more recent times, and the impact of his legacy on today’s understanding and appreciation of ancient Egypt.