On April 24, 1479 BC, Thutmose III ascended to the throne of Egypt to become the sixth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty. During the first 22 years of Thutmose's reign, however, he was co-regent with his stepmother and aunt, Hatshepsut, who was named the pharaoh. Thutmose III created the largest empire Egypt had ever seen. Some people have noted the similarities between the Egyptian name Thutmose and the biblical Hebrew name Moses and have even speculated that Thutmose and Moses may be the same person. Some esoteric traditions name Thutmose III as being the founder of some of the first mystery schools of initiates.