The History of Egypt Podcast

By Dominic Perry

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Discover ancient Egypt, in their own words. This podcast uses ancient texts and archaeology to uncover the lost world of the Nile Valley. A tale of pharaohs, pyramids, gods, and people. The show is written by a trained Egyptologist and uses detailed, up-to-date research. We dive deep into the ancient society, to uncover their fascinating tales. A member of the Agora Podcast Network.

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Episode Date
Interview: Finding Tutankhamun with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley
54:39

An enigmatic icon. Dr. Joyce Tyldesley returns for her second interview with The History of Egypt Podcast! We spoke about her recent book Tutankhamun: Pharaoh. Icon. Enigma. and the legacy of the discovery, including aspects of its excavation and significance. We also got into some random topics including Philomena Cunk, Scandinavian Noir shows, and Strictly Come Dancing. Enjoy!




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Nov 22, 2022
Interview: The Tomb of Tutankhamun with Dr. Bob Brier
52:26

Tutankhamun, Mummies, and Murder, oh my! I sat down with Dr. Bob Brier to discuss the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and the legacy of this important discovery. We also chatted about Dr. Brier's work in Egyptology, including his experiment in mummifying a human for scientific research. Finally, we touched on some older works including his "Murder of Tutankhamun" hypothesis and the Great Pyramid's construction (including the "internal ramp" hypothesis of Jean-Pierre Houdin).


My thanks to Dr. Brier for coming on the show, and for allowing me to release the video version! Extra special thanks to Pat Remler for organising the conversation!



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Nov 15, 2022
Anniversary: The Tomb of Tutankhamun
7:03:40

Hardcore Edition. In a special presentation, I compile my “Tomb of Tutankhamun” miniseries into a single mega episode. With updated information, and some new revelations, this 7-hour special is the full story, as best I can tell it.


Reference materials:


The Tomb of Tutankhamun episodes (with references and pictures):


Episode Details



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Nov 04, 2022
172: Wise Like Thoth
28:13
Horemheb's favourite god. Throughout his life, Horemheb commissioned monuments and artefacts that honoured Djehuty (Thoth). As a courtier, then a King, Horemheb showed a certain favour towards this god. Why did he like this god, in particular, and what do these artefacts tell us about Horemheb as a person?



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Nov 01, 2022
171: Law & Order (Special Ma'at Unit)
51:16

Horemheb's Great Decree. Sometime during his reign, King Horemheb proclaimed a new set of laws. Taking aim at corruption and abuses-of-power (allegedly happening throughout Egypt), the pharaoh went hard on corrective measures. Punishments could range from beatings to disfigurement, exile, and death. Horemheb was not messing around. But what was he really trying to achieve?


Episode details, pictures and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

Intro music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.net

Interludes and Outro music by Luke Chaos www.twitter.com/luke_chaos

Logo: Horemheb and Amun. Photo by Richard Mortel via Flickr.com.


Bibliography

  1. G. de la Bédoyere, Pharaohs of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of Tutankhamen’s Dynasty (2022).
  2. C. Eyre, The Use of Documents in Pharaonic Egypt (2013).
  3. A. Gnirs, ‘Haremhab - ein Staatsreformator? Neue Betrachtungen zum Haremhab-Dekret’, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 16 (1989), 83–110.
  4. A. M. Gnirs, Militär und Gesellschaft: Ein Beitrag zur Sozialgeschichte des Neuen Reiches (1996).
  5. A. M. Gnirs, ‘Coping With the Army: The Military and the State in the New Kingdom’, in J. C. Moreno García (ed.), Ancient Egyptian Administration (2013), 639—717.
  6. R. Hari, Horemheb et la reine Moutnedjemet ou la fin d’une Dynastie (1965).
  7. W. Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie: Ubersetzung zu den Heften 17–22 (1961).
  8. J.-M. Kruchten, Le décret d’Horemheb: traduction, commentaire épigraphique, philologique et institutionnel (1981).
  9. K. Pflüger, ‘The Edict of King Haremhab’, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 5 (1946), 260–76.
  10. YouTube: Guy de la Bédoyere, "Horemheb, the 'Enlightened Despot,'" https://youtu.be/-jCEo21_hK4 


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Oct 25, 2022
Talk: Pharaohs at War (The New Kingdom)
42:25

The bold and the bloody. This is a lecture I gave at The University of Auckland, as an "Introduction to Egyptian Warfare in the New Kingdom." It covers basic points: weapons, organisation, vehicles, battles and strategies, and also larger concepts like state violence and imperialism - how the Pharaohs approached warfare itself. Also, I explore some major events that we have already discussed (e.g. the Battle of Megiddo, the Capture of Joppa), and some still to come (The Battle of Kadesh).


There is also a video version available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0OTRLicVis

Podcast website www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast



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Oct 18, 2022
Talk: Hidden Voices of Ancient Egypt
39:21
This is a talk I gave for the Intelligent Speech Conference in 2021, discussing some recent discoveries and newer angles of exploration in Egyptology. It is also available on YouTube.

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Oct 11, 2022
Talk: Avaris and Pi-Ramesses c.1300 BCE
52:07

This is a talk I gave in 2021 regarding some of my PhD research (still ongoing). This is also available on YouTube with nice pictures etc.

www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.



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Oct 04, 2022
Update: Schedule & Life etc
1:45
Hello everyone. Just a very brief update. The narrative needs to pause for a week (maybe more). Details in episode.

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Oct 03, 2022
Interview: The Egyptian Empire, with Dr. Uroš Matić
1:21:06

New Kingdom vs the World. This week we have an interview with Dr. Uroš Matić. Dr. Matić is a member of the Austrian Archaeological Institute, and takes a fascinating view of ancient society, including violence, gender, and the state. This episode was recorded in 2021.




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Sep 27, 2022
170: Mutnodjmet and Ramesses
43:15

The Mother is Sweet, Born of the Sun. In the second half of Horemheb’s reign, Egypt’s Queen died in childbirth. Subsequently, pharaoh chose one of his servants, Paramessu (Ramesses) as a successor. This choice arguably established the 19th royal Dynasty. Why did Horemheb do this? 


Episode details:

  • Intro music: Keith Zizza.
  • Interlude sounds and Outro music: Luke Chaos.
  • Additional research by Elissa Day.
  • See Geoffrey Martin discussing the discovery of Horemheb's Saqqara tomb at the Associated Press (1975).


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Sep 20, 2022
169: Royal Tomb: Maverick
42:59

In the Valley of the Kings, Horemheb commissioned a magnificent tomb. Artistically innovative, it has one foot in the past and one in the future. This tomb introduced a new style of decoration, developed on recent trends, and reshaped the model of royal burials…


Episode Details:

  • Date: c. 1323 BCE.
  • Intro and break music: Keith Zizza.
  • Outro music and interludes: Luke Chaos.
  • Learn more about the tomb of Horemheb at the Theban Mapping Project.
  • See Prof. Geoffrey Martin's description of the tomb at YouTube.
  • Logo: Unfinished scene from the tomb of Horemheb. Hornung 1971.


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Sep 06, 2022
168: Return to the Tomb
26:05

Securing the halls. In the 8th year of Horemheb's reign, a royal official named Maya visited a tomb in the Valley of the Kings. He was there to inspect the burial of Thutmose IV, to ensure its security, and repair it if necessary…


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Aug 30, 2022
167: Reviving Deir el-Medina
26:32

Back in the village. In regnal year 7, Horemheb's officials turn up in western Thebes (Waset). They began reorganising the village of the tomb-builders, Set-Ma'at "The Place of Truth." Doing so, the King's government created a lasting legacy in the town we call Deir el-Medina.


Episode details:

  • Date: c.1325 BCE.
  • Intro music: Keith Zizza.
  • Outro music: Ancient Lyric.
  • Music interludes: Luke Chaos.
  • Images and full bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.
  • Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast.
  • Logo image: Horemheb in his tomb, decorated by the workers of Deir el-Medina (Image: Hornung 1971).

Select Bibliography:

  1. J. Černý, A Community of Workmen at Thebes in the Ramesside period (Cairo, 1973).
  2. B. G. Davies, Who’s Who at Deir el-Medina: A Prosopographic Study of the Royal Workmen’s Community (Leiden, 1999).
  3. B. G. Davies, Life Within the Five Walls: A Handbook to Deir el-Medina (Wallasey, 2018).
  4. Y. M. El Shazly, ‘Royal Ancestor Worship in Deir el-Medina During the New Kingdom’, Unpublished PhD. Thesis, Johns Hopkins University (2008).




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Aug 23, 2022
News: Carter's Thefts and Tutankhamun's Amulet
10:43
On August 13th, 2022, The Guardian (UK) ran a headline "Howard Carter stole Tutankhamun’s treasure, new evidence suggests." What's going on, exactly? We dive into the new information and its context. Read the Guardian article here.

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Aug 16, 2022
166: Restoration III, Re-Restoring
44:19

Horemheb vs Ay, Tutankhamun, and others. Everyone talks about Horemheb "erasing" Akhenaten. But the King demolished monuments of several rulers, and erased the names of others. What does it all mean?


Episode details:

  • Date: c. 1327 BCE.
  • Music intro: Luke Chaos.
  • Music interludes: Luke Chaos.
  • Music outro: Keith Zizza.


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Aug 02, 2022
Appeal: Dakhleh Oasis Project (feat. Seth)
6:04

Seth needs you! In Egypt's western desert, the Dakhleh Oasis Project has been doing wonderful work. Unfortunately, recent events have disrupted access and archaeological work. In this brief appeal, we explain why the project is worthwhile, and why it needs your help...

Details:



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Jul 29, 2022
165: Praise Ra and Pass the Talatat
34:36

Horemheb vs Akhenaten. To build his magnificent pylons at Karnak, Horemheb dismantled other monuments. Within the masonry of these pylons, archaeologists found nearly fifty thousand blocks from temples of Akhenaten...


Episode details:

  • Date: c.1300 BCE.
  • Intro music: Keith Zizza.
  • Interlude music: Luke Chaos.
  • Outro music: Bettina Joy de Guzman.
  • Logo image: author unknown.


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Jul 26, 2022
164b: Renovation Station
20:18

Horemheb at Karnak (Part 2). There are secrets beneath the sand of Karnak. Horemheb's architects significantly changed the temple's landscape. In some cases, they even relocated older buildings, dismantling and moving them piece-by-piece...


Episode details:

  • Date: c. 1329 BCE.
  • Music by Keith Zizza.
  • Music interludes by Luke Chaos.
  • Logo image: The southern pylons, by Jean-Claude Golvin.


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Jul 12, 2022
164: You Must Construct Additional Pylons
33:41

Horemheb at Karnak (Part 1). Before his ascent, Horemheb had managed building projects for Tutankhamun. Now, as pharaoh, Horemheb went all out. He invested in one of the largest building sprees Karnak would ever see. His monuments continue to define this temple...


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Jul 04, 2022
Interlude: Dark Times - A Karnak Story
16:51
Karnak had experienced a tumultuous time, in the three decades preceding Horemheb's reign... Dates: c.1362 - 1300 BCE. Music interludes: Keith Zizza, Ancient Lyric, and Hathor Systrum. Further information at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.

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Jun 30, 2022
163: Nefertiti's Sister?
34:28

Queen Mutnodjmet is a curious case. For some scholars, she may be the lost sister of Nefertiti. This hypothesis has kicked around for over 100 years. Why can’t we resolve it?

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Jun 21, 2022
162: The Chosen One
30:32

Revisionist history in the age of pharaohs. King Horemheb (“Horus in Celebration”) came to power in unusual circumstances. To justify his rule, the new pharaoh set about “retelling” his origins. In a lengthy story, Horemheb cast himself as one chosen by the gods, and destined to rule…

Episode details:

  • Date: c. 1330 BCE.
  • Intro Music & Interludes: Luke Chaos.
  • Intro Music & Interludes: Keith Zizza.
  • Outro Music: Bettina Joy de Guzman.
  • Read "The Reign of Horemheb," PhD Thesis by K.M. Bryson at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Logo image: Horemheb and Horus, in the King's tomb (KV57).
  • Booklet: No booklet for this episode, as it describes text only.


References:

  1. K. M. Bryson, ‘The Reign of Horemheb: History, Historiography, and the Dawn of the Ramesside Era’, Unpublished PhD. Thesis, Johns Hopkins University (2018). Online.
  2. A. Gardiner, ‘The Coronation of King Ḥaremḥab’, The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 39 (1953), 13–31.
  3. W. J. Murnane, Texts from the Amarna Period in Egypt (Atlanta, 1995).




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Jun 14, 2022
161: Horus Takes the Crown
29:51

The Coronation of King Hor-em-heb. A few months after he took power, Egypt's new pharaoh Horemheb ("Horus in Celebration") celebrated his rule. It was a magnificent party... 


Episode details:

  • Date: c.1330 BCE.
  • Logo: Horemheb's royal names, from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. MMA.
  • Music interludes by Luke Chaos twitter.com/luke_chaos.




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May 31, 2022
160b: The Purge
17:18

Other victims, and some clarifications. In this brief episode, I describe another individual who suffered desecration. Following Ay's death, members of his family/network fell from grace. Did they oppose, or fight, the new King Horemheb?


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May 26, 2022
160: Succession Crisis(?)
25:06

Inheritance and vengeance. King Ay had his own plans for the succession. He promoted his relative, Nakht-Min, to great power and prominence. But when Ay died, Nakhtmin found himself at odds with Egypt's mighty general, Horemheb. What would happen, to the feuding leaders?


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May 24, 2022
Mini: Amarna International (Part II)
25:06

Mediterranean, Aegean, Pirates. In the 14th Century BCE, records from Egypt hint at piracy and raiding across the sea. And artistic images even show Mycenaeans(?) at the pharaoh's court. All of this may reflect the history behind great stories like the Odyssey...


Date: c.1400 - 1300 BCE. Music: Michael Levy, "Odysseus and the Sirens," www.ancientlyre.com. Audio editing by www.yourpodcastpal.com. See the "Mycenaean Papyrus" at the British Museum website. Mycenaean pottery from Amarna, at the Petrie Museum University College London.



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May 10, 2022
Introducing: Casting Through Ancient Greece Podcast!
5:05
Check out Casting Through Ancient Greece, a chronological deep dive on the world of the Aegean. From the earliest ages, through epic tales and archaeological discovery, Casting Greece takes you on a wonderful journey. Enjoy this teaser trailer, from a recent episode. And learn more at https://castingthroughancientgreece.com/ and https://twitter.com/CastingGreece

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May 07, 2022
Mini: Amarna International (Part I)
36:01

Egypt, Canaan, Babylon, Assyria. In the 14th Century BCE, travellers criss-crossed the world. Many came to Egypt for diplomacy, trade, and to live. In this episode, we explore three short stories relating to Egypt and its neighbours...


Episode details


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Apr 27, 2022
Podcast Update
3:45

A couple small updates about the podcast schedule moving forward. Also, we have opened up a few more spaces on the Tour to Egypt for November 2022. Visit Ancient World Tours for details including dates, itinerary, cost, and how you can reserve your place! Spaces strictly limited, available on a "first come first serve basis."




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Apr 15, 2022
Remaster 06b: The Diary of Merer
34:48

In the last years of Khufu’s reign, work on the Great Pyramid was nearing completion. From this period, the Diary of Merer provides unexpected testimony: a record of workers contributing to the Giza project…


Episode Details

Date: c. 2600 BCE.

The Diary of Merer: English translation and commentary by Prof. Pierre Tallet available free, at IFAO.

Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.net.

Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

Music interludes by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos.

Support the Show at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com and patreon.com.

Audio editing and processing by yourpodcastpal.com.


Select References

Lehner and Hawass, Giza and the Pyramids (2017).

Monnier and Lightbody, The Great Pyramid 2590 BC Onwards (2019).

Tallet, Les Papyrus de la Mer Rouge I: Le "Journal de Merer" (Papyrus Jarf A et B) (2017).

Tallet and Lehner, The Red Sea Scrolls: How Ancient Papyri Reveal the Secrets of the Pyramids (2021).

Verner, The Pyramids: The Archaeology and History of Egypt’s Iconic Monuments (2020).



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Apr 08, 2022
Mini: Deir el-Amarna
35:24

Amarna Tales (Part 1). East of Akhet-Aten (Amarna), a walled-village hides among the hills. This "East Village" is a well-ordered, secluded community. It seems to be the new home of pharaoh's tomb builders. Originally, they lived at Deir el-Medina in west Luxor. But when Akhenaten founded his new royal city, the tomb-builders left their homes and came here. Today, archaeologists have uncovered a vast amount of material. Homes, animal pens, chapels, and countless artefacts shed light on daily life and family organisation in ancient Egypt. From homes to chapels, guard-houses to water depots, the East Village offers fantastic insights. It even includes traces of Tutankhamun, before he abandoned Amarna...


Episode details:


Bibliography:

  1. Read reports on the East Village and other aspects of Amarna's archaeology free, at The Amarna Project.
  2. M. Bierbrier, The Tomb-Builders of the Pharaohs (1982).
  3. A. H. Bomann, The Private Chapel in Ancient Egypt: A Study of the Chapels in the Workmen’s Village at El Amarna with Special Reference to Deir el Medina and Other Sites (1991).
  4. B. G. Davies, Life Within the Five Walls: A Handbook to Deir el-Medina (2018).
  5. B. Kemp, The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People (2012).
  6. B. J. Kemp, Amarna Reports I (1984). Free at The Amarna Project.
  7. B. J. Kemp, ‘The Amarna Workmen’s Village in Retrospect’, The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 73 (1987), 21–50.
  8. T. E. Peet and C. L. Woolley, The City of Akhenaten, Volume I (1923). Available free at Archive.org.
  9. A. Stevens, Private Religion at Amarna. The Material Evidence (2006).
  10. A. Stevens, ‘Private Religion in the Amarna Suburbs’, in F. Kampp-Seyfried (ed.), In the Light of Amarna: 100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery (2012), 95—97.
  11. A. Stevens, ‘Visibility, Private Religion and the Urban Landscape of Amarna’, in M. Dalton et al. (eds.), Seen & Unseen Spaces (2015), 77—84.


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Mar 23, 2022
Remaster 05b: Sneferu's Beauties
33:08

Previously unreleased. King Sneferu was a legendary ruler. His three pyramids at Meidum and Dahshur mark the transition from Step Pyramids to True Pyramids. But his legacy is more than stone. The King left other records and hints of his personality. We go in search of the ruler who loved beauty...


Episode Details

Date: c. 2650 BCE. 

Texts: The Westcar Papyrus (translation by Mark-Jan Nederhof).

Pyramids: The Meidum Pyramid, Bent Pyramid, and Red Pyramid (see all at wikimedia).

Logo image: Sneferu's pyramid at Meidum via Wikimedia.

Support the Show at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, and patreon.com.

Audio editing and processing by yourpodcastpal.com.


Select References

N. Alexanian and F. Arnold, ‘The Complex of the Bent Pyramid as a Landscape Design Project’, in M. Ullmann (ed.), 10. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung (2016), 1—16. Online.

F. Arnold, ‘A Ceremonial Building of King Snofru at Dahshur’, in M. Bietak and S. Prell (eds.), Ancient Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Palaces (2018), 113—124. Online.

G. Dormion and J.-Y. Verd’hurt, La chambre de Meidoum : analyse architecturale. 1, Texte (2013).

F. Monnier, ‘New Light on the Architecture of the Bent Pyramid’, Nile Magazine 20 (2019), 44—50. Online.

F. Monnier, ‘A New Survey of the Upper Chambers of Snefru’s Pyramids at Dahshur’, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture 4 (2020), 1—17. Online.

C. Reader, ‘The Meidum Pyramid’, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (2015), 203—224. Online.

D. Rosenow, ‘Dahschur, Ägypten. Die Arbeiten der Herbstkampagne 2019 und Frühjahrskampagne 2020’, Elektronische Publikationen Desdeutschen Archäologischen Instituts 2 (2020), 8—15. Online.



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Mar 08, 2022
Mini: Nefertiti and the Wreck of the Uluburun
21:38

Or, the Life Aquatic with Gold Scarabs... Around 1325 BCE (estimates vary) a vessel sank near the cape of Uluburun, Turkey. The cargo was immense: twenty tonnes of goods, including copper, ivory, ornamental objects, spices, and more. Amid the finds, a curious item came to light: a gold scarab, bearing the name Neferneferuaten Nefertiti... What was a Nefertiti scarab doing on a trade ship, far from Egypt? And what do the finds tell us about the ship, its crew, and ancient trade?


The Uluburun Shipwreck:

  • Date: c.1325 BCE (estimated).
  • Cultures: Multiple, including Egyptian, Canaanite, Syrian, and Mycenaean.
  • Ship destination: Possibly the Aegean, western Anatolia, or even the Balkans.
  • Logo image: Divers working on the Uluburun wreck, via The Institute of Nautical Archaeology website.
  • Catalogue of objects in Beyond Babylon, 2008. Free pdf from MMA.
  • Image gallery at The Institute of Nautical Archaeology website.
  • Artefacts in the Bodrum museum, on Flickr.com.
  • Miscellaneous items, at Wikimedia.
  • A replica of the ship, Uluburun II, at Underwater360.
  • A lecture by Cemal Pulak, one of the lead excavators. YouTube.


References:

  • G. Bass et al., ‘The Bronze Age Shipwreck at Ulu Burun: 1986 Campaign’, American Journal of Archaeology 93 (1989), 1–29.
  • C. M. Monroe, ‘Sunk Costs at Late Bronze Age Uluburun’, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 357 (2010), 19–33.
  • C. Pulak, ‘Analysis of the Weight Assemblages from the Late Bronze Age Shipwrecks at Uluburun and Cape Gelidonya, Turkey, Volume I’, Unpublished PhD. Thesis, Texas A&M University (1996).
  • C. Pulak, ‘The Uluburun Shipwreck: An Overview’, The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 27 (1998), 188–224.
  • C. Pulak, ‘The Uluburun Shipwreck and Late Bronze Age Trade’, in Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, and Diplomacy in the Second Millennium B.C. (2008), 289–310. Book available free, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • C. Pulak, ‘Uluburun Shipwreck’, in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (2012), 863—876.
  • C. Pulak, lecture on YouTube.
  • J. Weinstein, ‘The Bronze Age Shipwreck at Ulu Burun: 1986 Campaign, Part 3: The Gold Scarab of Nefertiti from Ulu Burun: Its Implications for Egyptian History and Egyptian-Aegean Relations’, American Journal of Archaeology 93 (1989), 17–29.


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Mar 01, 2022
Remaster 04b: Buried Pyramids
58:15

Previously unreleased. Following the death of Netjerykhet Djoser (episode 4), Egyptians had achieved something magnificent. The Step Pyramid at Saqqara loomed over the horizon, in a palatial complex that rivaled earthly cities. Naturally, the next rulers would try to match, even surpass, the great monument. They failed in this quest, but their attempts are fascinating. In this episode, we fill in a lesser-known gap, in the history of ancient Egypt's pyramids. At the same time, we tell the tale of a renowned archaeologist, Mohamed Zakariah Goneim, whose work and influence deserve greater recognition...


Episode details:


Select references:

  • Andrzej Ćwiek, “Date and Function of the So-Called Minor Step Pyramids,” Göttingen Miszellen 162 (1998): 39–52.
  • Raphael Giveon, "A Second Relief of Sekhemkhet in Sinai," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 216 (1974): 17-20.
  • M. Zakaria Goneim, The Buried Pyramid, 1956.
  • Jean-Philippe Lauer, "Le Complexe Funéraire De L'horus Sekhem-Khet Et La Seconde Pyramide A Degrés De Saqqarah," Revue Archéologique 2 (1959): 89-95.
  • Ronald J. Leprohon, The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary, 2013.
  • Stephan J. Seidlmayer, "The Relative Chronology of Dynasty 3," in E. Hornung, R. Krauss, and D. Warburton (eds), Ancient Egyptian Chronology, 2006: 116-23. 


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Feb 22, 2022
159b: Double Death
19:52

King Ay suffered badly in the afterlife. His funeral, in 1331 BCE, was poor; and a few decades/centuries later, vandals broke into his tomb. They ransacked the monument, attacked the King's images, and erased his names. The attack was brutal but methodical. Why did this happen?


Episode Details

Date c.1331 BCE and a few decades / centuries later.

Logo image: Erasures on the wrists of Nut, Lady of the Sky, as she offers nyny (welcome) to King Ay. Photo by Dominic Perry, 2022.

Photos: See photos of the tomb of Ay (KV23) by Dominic Perry, available on Google Drive.

Music: “The Mummy’s Tomb,” by Tabletop Audio. Used with permission.

Music: Sistrum sound effect by Hathor Systrum www.hathorsystrum.com. Used with permission.

Music: Interludes by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos.


Select References

A. Dodson, Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation (2nd edn, 2017).

M. Gabolde, Toutankhamon (2015).

W. J. Murnane, Texts from the Amarna Period in Egypt (1995).

O. Schaden, ‘The God’s Father Ay’, Unpublished PhD. Thesis, University of Minnesota (1977).

O. J. Schaden, ‘Clearance of the Tomb of King Ay (WV-23)’, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 21 (1984), 39–64. JSTOR online.

R. H. Wilkinson, ‘Controlled Damage: The Mechanics and Micro-History of the Damnatio Memoriae Carried Out in KV-23, the Tomb of Ay’, Journal of Egyptian History 4 (2011), 129–47.



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Feb 15, 2022
159: End of an Era
26:59

When Ay Died. The elderly pharaoh, Kheper-kheperu-Ra Ay, probably died in his fourth or fifth year of power (c. 1331 / 1330 BCE). Officially, his reign was short. But in the big picture, Ay's influence lasted decades. As a courtier, under Akhenaten and Tutankhamun, Ay participated in government and royal affairs for many years. This means we have abundant records for the man and his career, and Ay contributed to Egyptian history in some noteworthy ways. In this episode, we explore the final years of Ay's reign, and consider his legacy as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt...


Episode details:

  • Date: c.1331 / 1330 BCE.
  • Kings: Kheper-kheperu-Ra Ay, “Doer of Ma’at” and “True Ruler.”
  • Logo image: The sarcophagus of Ay, artist’s reconstruction. Prisse D'Avennes, 1878.
  • See photos of Ay’s tomb (WV23) by Kairoinfo4u on Flickr.com.
  • See Ay’s tomb (WV23) by Curtis Ryan Woodside on YouTube.
  • Music: “Memories of Thebes,” by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.net. Used with permission.
  • Music: “Funeral,” by Bettina Joy de Guzman http://www.bettinajoydeguzman.com. Used with permission.
  • Additional music interludes by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos.


Select references

  • A. Dodson, Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation (2nd edn, 2017).
  • M. Gabolde, Toutankhamon (2015).
  • N. Kawai, ‘Studies in the Reign of Tutankhamun’, Unpublished PhD. Thesis, Johns Hopkins University (2005).
  • R. J. Leprohon, The Great Name: Ancient Egyptian Royal Titulary (2013).
  • W. J. Murnane, Texts from the Amarna Period in Egypt (1995).
  • O. Schaden, ‘The God’s Father Ay’, PhD. Thesis, University of Minnesota (1977).





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Feb 05, 2022
158b: Ay, jr.
11:58

Pharaoh's Nephew. A small statue, in the Brooklyn museum, tells a tale. Of a King's nephew (by marriage), and the paths to lucrative work and influence in Egyptian society. A young man, also named Ay, worked as a priest for Mut (the Mother Goddess) and Amun (the Hidden One). Along the way, this young man probably gained wealth and position. His tale gives us an opportunity to explore the "system" by which prominent families jostled for position, and promoted their sons...


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Select references: 

  • B. V. Bothmer, ‘Private Sculpture of Dynasty XVIII in Brooklyn’, The Brooklyn Museum Annual 8 (1966), 55–89.
  • N. Kawai, ‘Studies in the Reign of Tutankhamun’, Unpublished PhD. Thesis, Johns Hopkins University (2005).
  • Block Statue of Ay, ca. 1332-1322 B.C.E. Limestone, 18 9/16 x 10 x 12 1/4in. (47.1 x 25.4 x 31.1cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.174.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 66.174.1_view1_SL1.jpg)


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Feb 01, 2022
158: What Ay Did
19:49

Building Legacies. It is easy to overlook Ay, as a minor figure in the history of ancient Egypt. However, when we step back, and view his entire career (including pre-royal achievements), we can see things more clearly. As pharaoh, Ay continued many projects started under Tutankhamun. But since Ay had been a major advisor / courtier for that king, we can recognise these projects as part of a larger, longer trend. After the death of Akhenaten, the royal household radically reshaped many of its priorities. Since he first appeared on the scene, Ay was at the heart of those decisions…


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Select References:

  • A. Dodson, Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation (2nd edn, 2017).
  • M. Gabolde, Toutankhamon (2015).
  • U. Hölscher, The Excavation of Medinet Habu II: The Temples of the Eighteenth Dynasty (1939). Free download available from The University of Chicago website.
  • O. Schaden, ‘The God’s Father Ay’, PhD Thesis (1977).
  • Full bibliography and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.


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Jan 25, 2022
157b: Warlords
25:21

Horemheb and Hatti. In the days of King Ay (and Tutankhamun before him) conflicts in Canaan and Syria remained a constant issue. In recent years, scholars have uncovered more information about these events and people. Horemheb, the Overseer of the Overseers of the Troops (aka the General of Generals) seems to have dealt, and fought, with Hittite forces. The records are fragmentary, but the clues are intriguing...


Episode details:

  • Date: c.1334 BCE (debated).
  • Kings: Tutankhamun and Ay (debated).
  • Episode logo: Foreigners praising the cartouche of Ay, from a piece of gold foil discovered in the Valley of the Kings. Image edited for clarity.
  • Music: Ancient rendition of "The Eve of the War," adapted by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos.
  • Music: "War Song of Horus and Sekhmet," by Jeffrey Goodman www.jeffreygoodmanmusic.com.
  • Additional music interludes by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos.


Select references:

  • T. Bryce, The Kingdom of the Hittites (2005).
  • H. Güterbock, ‘The Deeds of Suppiluliuma as Told by His Son, Mursili II’ (1956), 41—68, 75—98, 107—30.
  • G. T. Martin, Tutankhamun’s Regent: Scenes and Texts from the Memphite Tomb of Horemheb (2016).
  • J. L. Miller, ‘Amarna Age Chronology and the Identity of Nibxururiya in the Light of a Newly Reconstructed Hittite Text’ (2007), 252—93. Read free on Academia.edu
  • J. L. Miller, ‘The Rebellion of Ḫatti’s Syrian Vassals and Egypt’s Meddling In Amurru’, Studi micenei ed egeo-anatolici (2008), 533—554. Read free on Academia.edu
  • Z. Simon, ‘Kann Armā mit Haremhab gleichgesetzt werden?’ (2009), 340—348. Read free on Academia.edu
  • Additional references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.


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Jan 18, 2022
157: The Road to Kadesh
26:27

Keeping up with the Kadeshians. In the past, historians thought the Egyptian government was passive (or even "pacifist") in the days of Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and Ay. However, newer research has proved this wrong. We now have a fragmentary, but fascinating picture of warfare and diplomacy, taking place through Canaan and Syria. The town of Kadesh, on the Orontes River, is prominent. Once a vassal to pharaoh, the city suffered an attack by Hittite forces. It then changed sides, paying tribute to Suppiluliuma, King of the Land of Hatti. In the later years of Tutankhamun, or the early reign of Ay, the Egyptians responded to Kadesh's treachery...


Episode details:

  • Date: c.1334 BCE (debated).
  • Kings: Tutankhamun and Ay (debated).
  • Battle scene of Tutankhamun: learn more in a free lecture by W. Raymond Johnson (YouTube). Battle reliefs discussion begins at 51:29.
  • Episode logo: A statue, presumed to be Ay, in the Staatliche Museum, Berlin. Image upscaled, cropped, and edited.
  • Music: "War Song," by Bettina Joy de Guzman www.bettinajoydeguzman.com. Used with permission.
  • Music: "King Tut's Song," by Jeffrey Goodman www.jeffreygoodmanmusic.com. Used with permission.
  • Sistrum sound effect by Hathor Systrum www.hathorsystrum.com. Used with permission.
  • Additional music interludes by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos.
  • For references and images related to this and other episodes, visit www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.
  • Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, or with a donation.


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Jan 11, 2022
156: Oh, Ay Just Can't Wait to be King
31:12

The servant ascends. Considering his background, it's not surprising that King Ay turned out to be quite "conservative." His early deeds continued the policies of Tutankhamun (a regime in which Ay had actively participated). The new pharaoh completed one of Tutankhamun's temples (the Ḥwt-Neb-kheperu-Ra in Waset/Thebes), and evoked Tutankhamun in his art. Ay also started his own monuments, at Akhmim / Akhmin (Khent-Menu). There, colossal statues and sanctuaries for Min would convey pharaoh's agenda...





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Dec 28, 2021
155: The Queen's Gambit
46:44

A difficult decision. Events in this period are murky. But if Ankhesenamun was the "Daḫamunzu" of Hittite record, then her attempt to find a new husband (of royal blood) had failed. So, she would have to accept a "servant." Whom would she choose?


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Dec 21, 2021
154: Daḫamunzu (tA-Ḥmt-nswt)
45:42

He said, she said. Around 1334 BCE (give or take), the King of Hatti received a curious message. While on campaign, King Suppiluliuma got word that Egypt's pharaoh (someone called "Nib-ḫuru-riya") had died. He had no son, and Egypt's ruling lady (daḫamunzu, or tA-ḥmt-nsw, the "King's Great Wife") needed assistance. The Queen sent a message: would Suppiluliuma help her, and Egypt? Strange events were about to unfold...


Date: c. 1334 BCE (debated).

King: Neb-kheperu-Ra Tut-ankh-Amun (debated) deceased

King: Suppiluliuma, Great King of the Land of Hatti

Music: Keith Zizza https://www.keithzizza.net/

Music: Michael Levy http://www.ancientlyre.com/

Sound interludes: Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos

Website: www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com



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Dec 14, 2021
153f: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Part 6, Final)
1:09:28

The Annexe and End of Excavation. Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in November 1922. He would continue labouring in the monument until 1927, and the final conservation of objects would finish in 1932. Over these ten years of work, Carter tackled many challenges, some of which proved insurmountable. In the end, his labour, and the story of Tutankhamun's burial, stand as a testament to human effort and long legacies.

Episode Chapters:

  • Chapter 15: The Scouring of the Tomb 00:00:15
  • Chapter 16: The End of Excavations 00:31:50
  • Series Conclusion:  00:52:30

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Nov 23, 2021
153e: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Part 5)
54:55

Treasured Heirlooms. East of the Burial Chamber, in Tutankhamun's tomb, the per hedj ("Treasury") contained a smorgasbord of beautiful objects. Some of these were sacred, like the canopic vessels for Tutankhamun's organs. Others were symbolic, connecting the pharaoh with great gods like Osiris. And still others were curious, including some "heirlooms" from earlier rulers and generations... 


Episode Chapters:

  • Chapter 13: Anubis and the King 00:00:13
  • Chapter 14: The Heirlooms of Akhenaten 00:24:30


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Nov 16, 2021
153d: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Part 4)
1:13:07

Curses and Controversies. From the moment they announced their discovery, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon were faced with overwhelming attention. How they responded, and how they chose to approach the excavation, would have a major impact on public perception of the tomb. And, when events took a tragic turn, the media were happy to capitalise on the issue...


Episode Chapters:

  • Chapter 10: The Choices of Lord Carnarvon 00:05:10.
  • Chapter 11: Journey to the Crossroads 00:25:30
  • Chapter 12: Of Bricks and Lost Portraits 00:48:48


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Nov 09, 2021
153c: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Part 3)
1:12:13

Coffins, Masks, and a Mummy. Within his Burial Chamber, Tutankhamun slept amid gold, glass, wood, and precious stone. His mummy is an extraordinary find, covered with ornaments, amulets, ceremonial clothing, and even weapons. From the famous image of his mummy mask, to a dagger made of "sky rock," the King's body reveals many tantalising stories...


Episode Chapters:

  • Eight: In the House of Tutankhamun 00:00:10
  • Nine: The Face of the Pharaoh 00:31:15
  • Epilogue: A Curious Dagger 01:02:35


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Nov 02, 2021
153b: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Part 2)
53:32

Shrines and Painting. Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber is a beautiful space. The decorations, though "simple," convey a meaningful series of events. The King's ascent to the sky, his entry to Osiris' kingdom, and his meeting with various gods, forms a beautiful journey in the afterlife. Also, the King's shrines (wood and gold) are decorated with complex and fascinating texts. In these chapters, we explore the first set of Tutankhamun's burial equipment...

Episode Chapters

  • Chapter 6: The King of the Golden Hall
  • Chapter 7: The Portraits in the West

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Oct 26, 2021
153a: The Tomb of Tutankhamun (Part 1)
1:40:42

Seek and Discover. In this episode, we begin the tale of the most famous tomb in history. KV62, a small monument, in the lower reaches of the Valley of the Kings. Overlooked for three thousand years, the tomb finally emerged thanks to a persistent excavator and a stroke of good fortune. However, the Tomb of Tutankhamun has built up its own mythology. In this episode, we begin to explore the tomb, and its discovery, including some lesser-known questions... 


Episode Chapters

  • Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Pharaoh 04:15
  • Chapter 2: The Stairway to the Past 27:36
  • Chapter 3: The Door Goes West 46:51
  • Chapter 4: Candles in the Dark 1:08:40
  • Chapter 5: The Antechamber Unmasked 1:22:52
  • Conclusion: 1:38:55


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Oct 19, 2021
152: An Unexpected Burial
56:42

Tutankhamun's Funeral. Following his death, the body of Tutankhamun underwent mummification. From studying his body, archaeologists can identify strange aspects of his preservation. We also know many details of his burial, thanks to paintings in the tomb, and curious items discovered nearby. From these sources, we can imagine King Tutankhamun’s funeral…


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Oct 12, 2021
Review: Tut (2015)
16:56

A three-part miniseries, produced by Spike TV. "Tut" tells a story of the young ruler, as he wields power, confronts enemies, and deals with love and loss. Having watched the show during lockdown, I give my thoughts, with a special focus on the characters vs their historical counterparts...




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Oct 02, 2021
Interview: Tutankhamun's World (with Prof. Nozomu Kawai)
29:58

An interview with Nozomu Kawai, Professor of Egyptology at Kanazawa University, Japan. In this episode, we discuss the background of Tutankhamun's reign and family; and get to grips with some of the people who have appeared in the podcast (e.g. Maia, Sennedjem, and Userhat Hatiay). Prof. Kawai is an expert on this period, and his insights have been wonderful.

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Sep 17, 2021
Schedule Update
2:22

My home country (New Zealand) has unexpectedly gone into a full, multi-week lockdown. This means my work spaces and research facilities are currently inaccessible. So, I need to take a short break from the narrative. Not to worry, there is still a few "extra pieces" to share. Some interviews, and a couple special episodes as well. Thanks for your support, and for your patience <3


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Aug 27, 2021
151: The Death of Tutankhamun
34:30

A life cut short. By 1334 BCE, Tut'ankhamun had ruled Egypt for approx. 10 years. Sadly, this would be his last. At the age of nineteen or so, the young ruler died. How did it happen? There are a few major hypotheses (illness, accident, or murder). However, as technology and medical science develops, some ideas seem less likely than others. In this episode, I review the major studies and proposals, and present a hypothetical reconstruction of the King's final moments...





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Aug 24, 2021
150: Teenage Hunting Fighting Pharaoh
36:45

King Tut'ankhamun was young, rich, and well-equipped for sport. His tomb contained an arsenal of goods, including chariots, bows, arrows, throwing sticks, and more. Also, artistic images convey the idea of the pharaoh as a triumphant hunter and warrior. In this episode, we explore evidence for Tut'ankhamun as a sportsman, pursuing game across the desert and through the marshes. From archaeology and art, the King's pastimes come through clearly...


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Aug 17, 2021
149: The King's Men
50:23

Maya, Ay, Horemheb, and others. The men who served King Tut'ankhamun were unusually prominent and powerful. The Overseer of the Treasury (Maya), the Supreme General (Horemheb) and the highest courtier (Ay) may have divided power among themselves. Why were they so powerful? The youth of Tut'ankhamun, and developments in royal power since the reign of Akhenaten, may have weakened the authority or influence of the individual ruler. This was the next phase in an ongoing trend, as the power of the pharaohs evolved over time...


Epilogue: We meet the King's servants, including his personal scribe (Iny); his personal driver (Per-aa-neheh); and the chief manager of the palaces (Ipy).


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Aug 10, 2021
148: The Life of Tutankhamun
39:33

The King's mummy, daily routine, and children. Thanks to the preservation of his burial, we know a lot about Tut'ankhamun's daily life and habits. Aspects of his routine, like his shaving kit, walking sticks, and even his children survive to this day. Some of these stories are curious, others carry echoes of tragedy and loss. Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast.


This episode contains detailed descriptions of human remains and themes like stillbirth.


  • Date: c.1334 BCE
  • King: Neb-kheperu-Ra Tut-ankh-Amun





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Aug 03, 2021
147: Ankhesenamun
32:58

The King's Great Wife. Queen Ankh-es-en-Amun (“She Lives for Amun”) was slightly older than her husband. Having grown up in the court, Ankhesenamun was established in power and experienced in royal life. However, she is far less prominent than her famous predecessors (Nefertiti and Tiye). Why? In this episode, we explore some of the traces of Ankhesenamun’s life, and her role as the King’s Great Wife. Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast.


Titles of Ankhesenamun:

  1. “The King’s Great Wife, his Beloved”
  2. “Hereditary Noble”
  3. “Great of Praise”
  4. "Sweet of Love”
  5. “Lady of Charm”
  6. “Ruling Lady of the Two Lands”
  7. “The Ruling Lady of Southern and Northern Egypt”


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Jul 27, 2021
146: Restoration III, Tut'ankhamun in Opet
1:26:18

Amun, Mut, Khonsu, and the King. Once a year, the city of Waset (Thebes / Luxor) hosted an enormous celebration. The Beautiful Festival of Opet honoured the great gods Amun-Ra, Mut, and Khonsu. The deities would emerge from their secret shrines, and ride in procession through the city and on the river. King Tut'ankhamun would lead these events, renewing the power of the gods and his right to rule...


This is a big episode, probably best consumed over several sittings. Enjoy!

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Jul 13, 2021
Patreon Update
1:13
Annual memberships now available. Patreon recently introduced a new feature: a full year's subscription, in one go. Sign up today and get 10% off your subscription. Learn more at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast Thanks for your support!

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Jul 01, 2021
Interview: Ancient Technologies, with Dr. Martin Odler
44:58
Metal, Monuments, and Makers. Dr. Martin Odler is a researcher at the Czech Institute of Egyptology, at Charles University in Prague. He studies the tools and objects that Egyptians used to build their famous monuments. Martin has worked on many excavations, and his research has added greatly to our knowledge of technology. He sat down with me to discuss this work, and the insights we can gain from ancient tools and metals. Learn more about Dr. Odler on Academia.edu, on Twitter, and buy his book Old Kingdom Copper Tools and Model Tools (2016) available from Archaeopress and all good booksellers.

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Jul 01, 2021
Interview: Aten Worship, with Dr. Briana Jackson
1:00:12
Shrines, Temples, Sanctuaries. Dr. Briana Jackson is a specialist in the worship of Aten. The sanctuaries, shrines, temples, and monuments of Akhenaten appear throughout Egypt, Wawat, and Kush. In this interview, Dr. Jackson discusses the Aten temples, as well as her work on YouTube. Learn more about Dr. Briana Jackson on her website, Academia.edu, Twitter, YouTube, and many more (Linktree).

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Jun 24, 2021
Interview: An Ancient Lyre, with Michael Levy
32:57
Reconstructing Music. Michael Levy is a renowned composer for ancient instruments and music. Using replicas of artefacts, and taking inspiration from texts and art, Michael creates wonderful songs based in the ancient styles. Michael sat down with the podcast to discuss his recent works, including his wonderful albums of ancient Egyptian compositions... Find Michael Levy at his website, on Spotify, on Bandcamp, on Apple Music and Amazon. Learn more about The History of Egypt Podcast at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.

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Jun 16, 2021
145b: Funding the Regime
27:52
Gold in them hills. Tut'ankhamun is famous for his gold. But where did it come from? And how did the pharaoh pay for his costly Restoration project? In this episode, we briefly explore some records for Tut’ankhamun’s gold miners and how they obtained that precious yellow metal… Date: c. 1336 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza. Music by Jeffrey Goodman. Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh. See other shows from the Agora Podcast Network.

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Jun 06, 2021
145: Restoration II, Faces of the Gods
37:54
Living Images. King Tut’ankhamun is famous for the Restoration of traditional temples. But what did that involve? Records from the King’s reign give us insight to the practical business. We see the repairs of Karnak and Luxor Temples, royal decrees for new statues, and we meet the man who made the gods’ holy images… Date: c. 1336 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza, Music by Ancient Lyric, Music by Jeffrey Goodman. Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh. See other shows from the Agora Podcast Network. The History of Egypt Podcast endorses RA EGYPTIAN, the clean, natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egyptian sources. Use the checkout code EGYPT to enjoy 30% off your order!

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May 30, 2021
144b: Sennedjem, Menay
26:38

Caregiver and Tutor. Young Tut’ankhamun had multiple caregivers. We have already met Maia, the menat of the King. Now, we meet Sen-nedjem, the menay. From his large (but overlooked) tomb, Sen-nedjem left a record of his work, family, and beliefs. We explore this monument and get a sense of his world…




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May 23, 2021
144: Maia, Menat
59:38
One who nourished the god. Tut’ankhamun never refers to his birth mother. And until 1996, historians had little idea of the person who raised this young pharaoh. That changed with the discovery of Maia, the royal menat (wet-nurse and teacher). The opening of her tomb, at Saqqara, dramatically expanded our understanding of Tut’ankhamun’s early life. Today, we dive deep into Maia’s career and place in society... Date: c. 1353 – 1340 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Music and "Maia" vocal performance by Ancient Lyric. Special music by Luke Chaos. Music by Keith Zizza. Music by Music by Jeffrey Goodman. See other shows from the Agora Podcast Network. Read Prof. Alain Zivie’s discussion of Maia and the princess Meritaten at Academia.edu. Logo and Banner images from Zivie, La Tombe de Maïa, 2009 (edited for clarity).

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May 16, 2021
143b: Fun and Fashion
29:34
When archaeologists opened the tomb King Tut'ankhamun, they found many of his childhood possessions inside. Today, we can get a sense of his life by looking at his games, toys, and clothes. Date: c. 1353 – 1340 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Music by Keith Zizza. Music by Ancient Lyric. Music by Jeffrey Goodman. YouTube: Dr. Irving Finkel plays the Royal Game of Ur with Tom Scott. Dig It with Raven plays the Royal Game of Ur in Two Parts (Part 1 and Part 2). Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh. See other shows from the Agora Podcast Network. The History of Egypt Podcast endorses RA EGYPTIAN, the clean, natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egyptian sources. Use the checkout code EGYPT to enjoy 30% off your order!

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May 09, 2021
143: The Boy King Tutankhamun
30:27

From baby to boy. For all his fame and glamour, the life of Tut'ankhamun was more difficult than it seems. The young king dealt with physical challenges and a social environment that treated him as an "idea," more than a person. Today, studies of his mummy give us clues at his early life...




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May 02, 2021
142c: Amurrites 3, Betrayal
33:40
Interlude: The greatest treachery. By the end of Akhenaten's reign, events in Syria had developed their own momentum. Rulers like Aziru, prince of Amurru, were causing trouble. Akhenaten had to deal with Aziru as best he could. But the death of Akhenaten interrupted any reconciliation. Soon after, Aziru was looking to other opportunities... Date c.1345 – 1340 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Music by Michael Levy. Music by Keith Zizza. Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh. Support the show and get exclusive perks on Patreon. See other shows from the Agora Podcast Network. The History of Egypt Podcast endorses RA EGYPTIAN, the clean, natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egyptian sources. Use the checkout code EGYPT to enjoy 30% off your order! Cover image adapted from Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin FRCP(Glasg), CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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Apr 26, 2021
142b: Deeds of the Hittites
47:08
Interlude: Warlords and Adventurers. In the second millennium BCE, a new power rose to the north of Egypt. The Kingdom of Hatti (aka the land of the Hittites) emerged as a significant political, economic, and military force. In this episode, we introduce the Hittite state and its early deeds before the reign of Tut'ankhamun. Date c.1790 – 1350 BCE. Music by Michael Levy. Music by Keith Zizza. Episode logo adapted from a photo by Carole Raddato via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0. Image cropped/enhanced. Check out the new Hittite series on The Ancient World Pocast.

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Apr 18, 2021
News: Aten Town, Luxor
11:38
A remarkable discovery. In April 2021, Egyptologists working in Luxor announced a major discovery. A new “lost” city, associated with Amunhotep III (and probably Akhenaten as well). In this brief roundup, we discuss the details, the context, and the significance of the find. Date c.1350 BCE and 2021 CE. Links to photos and videos at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Music by Keith Zizza. Music by Ancient Lyric.

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Apr 13, 2021
142: Wars in the North
35:16
Egypt on the offensive. King Tutankhamun's government had to deal with major threats in the north. Instability and regional warfare had spread through Syria and Canaan. To tackle these, pharaoh despatched his most prominent general. Horemheb, representative of the King, led the soldiers of Egypt into battle... Date c.1340 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at Patreon, Music by Keith Zizza, Music by Ancient Lyric, Music by Jeffrey Goodman. Hear the trumpets of Tutankhamun on BBC Radio. The History of Egypt Podcast is supported by RA EGYPTIAN, the natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egypt. Visit www.ra-egyptian.com and use the checkout code EGYPT to receive a massive 30% discount on your order.

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Apr 11, 2021
News: The Pharaohs' Parade
26:40
Splendour and Ceremony. On April 3rd, 2021, Egypt hosted a magnificent celebration. Royal mummies, including Kings and Queens, departed their old home and made for a new one. In future, these rulers will reside in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Moving the royal mummies was a complex, grandiose event. I report on the parade, and the historical background of these famous mummies… Recordings of the parade on YouTube; musical performance by Amira Salim and Ahmed Mounib; Cairo residents cheer the parade, by Rania Atef on Twitter; details of the performance by Heba Abd el Gawad on Twitter; Photos at Ahram. Further details, links, images, and references at The History of Egypt Podcast website.

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Apr 04, 2021
Mini: Mery-Neith, First Servant of Aten
27:02
A complicated career. In the reigns of Akhenaten and Tut'ankhamun, one of Egypt's top religious officials was Mery-Neith ("Beloved of Neith"). This man served in the temples, first as a Steward, then as the High Priest of Aten in Amarna. Along the way, Meryneith had to navigate the difficult political waters. To survive in Akhenaten's court, he even had to change his name... Date c.1360 – 1340 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Music by Keith Zizza. Music by Ancient Lyric. Support the show and get exclusive perks on Patreon. See other shows from the Agora Podcast Network. The History of Egypt Podcast endorses RA EGYPTIAN, the clean, natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egyptian sources. Use the checkout code EGYPT to enjoy 30% off your order!

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Mar 28, 2021
141: The Restoration of Amun
37:18
I'm bringing ma'at back. One of Tutankhamun's famous projects is the Restoration, a country-wide program of repairs and gifts for major temples. After the excesses of Akhenaten, the boy king and his government invested massive amounts of resources. Their goal? Renew the temples, replenish the priesthood, and curry favour with both the gods and the elites of Egyptian society... Date c.1341 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com. The History of Egypt Podcast is supported by RA EGYPTIAN, the natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egypt. Visit www.ra-egyptian.com and use the checkout code EGYPT to receive a massive 30% discount on your order.  



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Mar 21, 2021
140: Tutankhamun
38:24

Tut-Ankh-Amun. Early in his reign, the young pharaoh Tut-ankh-Aten changed his name to Tut-ankh-Amun. Why did he do this? What did it mean? And how much control did this young ruler have over his own identity?





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Mar 14, 2021
139: King Tut-ankh-Aten
28:52
A famous reign. Following the death of Nefer-neferu-aten, a new ruler came to the throne. Tut-ankh-Aten was young, perhaps nine years old. He inherited power at a tumultuous point in history... Date c. 1343 BCE. Images and References at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Support the show and get exclusive perks on Patreon or make a Paypal Donation. Music by Keith Zizza. Additional music by Jeffrey Goodman. Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh. Written by Dominic Perry. The History of Egypt Podcast endorses RA EGYPTIAN, the clean, natural skincare line with products derived from ancient Egyptian sources. Use the checkout code EGYPT to enjoy 30% off your order!  



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Mar 07, 2021
Tour 2022: Who wants to visit Egypt?
9:23
In January 2022, I would like to take another tour to Egypt. Assuming travel is safe and secure, we have a 14-day itinerary for travel along the Nile. We will visit Cairo, Luxor, Abydos, Aswan, Abu Simbel, and many monuments that are off the beaten track. There are special tombs, not open to the general public, and much more. You can reserve your place now (pay later) at Ancient World Tours. Numbers are limited, so don't wait! www.ancient.co.uk/holiday/the-history-of-egypt/, additional info at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

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Mar 04, 2021
Interview: Mummies! with Prof. Ann Rosalie David
45:20
What does a mummy smell like? Prof. Ann Rosalie David is a pioneering researcher in mummies and ancient pathology. Having led many studies on Egyptian bodies, Prof. David helps reconstruct the lifestyles of the past. In this interview, she helpfully answers questions about ancient diseases, the Amarna royal mummies, and some left-field topics as well. Learn more about Ann Rosalie David and her work at Manchester University. Purchase "A Year in the Life of Ancient Egypt," by Rosalie David at Pen & Sword Publishing (Kindle, Hardcover, and ePub). Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Sound effects by Keith Zizza keithzizza.com and Hathor Systrum. Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast.

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Feb 28, 2021
138: Lost Women of Amarna
19:04
Powerful, but vanished. Following the death of Akhenaten, several prominent women disappear from history. Meritaten, the King’s Eldest Daughter; Kiya, one of his wives; and two mysterious daughters, the “Tasherits” present unresolved questions. What happened to them? We explore this question… Date c.1343 BCEwww.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Feb 21, 2021
Mini: The Brutal Death of Seqenenre Ta'a
22:35
Crime Scene Investigation. In the early 1500s BCE, the King of Southern Egypt, Seqen-en-re Ta’a died. His end was violent and bloody. The king was a victim of (unknown) enemies, who tied him up and executed him. The full circumstances of this event are coming to light with new research. Today, we dig into recent studies on the event and its larger context… Read the new study of Seqenenre's mummy at https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmed.2021.637527. References and further reading at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Feb 18, 2021
137b: The Tomb of Nefertiti
18:37
A Hidden Monument? In recent years, the public has thrilled to reports that hidden chambers, in the tomb of Tutankhamun, might contain the burial of Nefertiti. But the question of Nefertiti's tomb is complicated. In fact, it's possible she never even received a kingly/royal burial. In this episode, we explore the results of many studies... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh

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Feb 14, 2021
137: The Death of Nefertiti
35:30
A Short-Lived Reign. By 1344 BCE, Nefer-neferu-Aten (Nefertiti) was in her mid-thirties. She did not have long to live. In her third regnal year, the King of Egypt died. Her death is mysterious: was it natural, an accident, or murder? Studying Nefertiti's last years, and the mummy that might belong to her, we go in search of answers. How did Nefertiti die? www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Music by Jeffrey Goodman www.jeffreygoodmanmusic.com

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Feb 07, 2021
136: Pharaoh Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)
36:35
Nefertiti, King of Egypt. Following the death of Akhenaten, Queen Nefertiti may have become a King. Modern research suggests that, following her husband's death, Nefertiti became the new pharaoh. Her reign, and policies, are a shadowy but fascinating chapter in the royal history... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Jan 31, 2021
Summary: Akhenaten (Phase 3)
17:44
The final chapters. The last years of Akhenaten's reign (12 to 17) are a litany of difficulties and losses. The King's household suffered challenges, and he responded with extreme policies. Before we leave the King for good, we summarise what had happened, and what it all means... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Jan 26, 2021
News: BIG Discovery at Saqqara
12:04
The Ministry of Antiquities has announced a major discovery in the necropolis of Saqqara. A funerary temple, dating to the Old Kingdom (Dynasty 6) has come to light. Also, the Egyptian excavators have opened more than fifty burial shafts of the New Kingdom (Dynasties 18 and 19). The discovery is massive, and promises to add a lot to our understanding of life, burial, and religion in the ancient necropolis. Discovery announced January 16th, 2021. Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman. See photos and read the press releases at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

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Jan 17, 2021
Exploring the Oases (The Dakhleh Oasis Project)
19:19
A Call for Help. Since 2014, the Dakhleh Oasis Project has been dealing with restrictions on its excavations in Egypt's western desert. Due to security concerns, traditional funding has dried up, and the Project directors have turned to crowd funding for assistance. If you can spare a dollar, please listen to this audio introduction from Dominic and Dr. Pawel Polkowski, a director working for the project. You can learn more at the websites below, and you can support the DOP via Go Get Funding at https://gogetfunding.com/island-of-the-blessed-the-dakhleh-oasis-project/. Learn about the Project on their website http://dakhlehoasisproject.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/egyptdop. Thank you for your time, and please consider supporting a worthy cause. Even one dollar, from enough people, can make a big difference. Music by Ancient Lyric at www.bettinajoydeguzman.com and Keith Zizza at www.keithzizza.com.

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Jan 14, 2021
Mini: Chief of the Medjay
19:24
In the city of Akhet-Aten (Amarna) a small tomb hides a noteworthy story. Here, we find the life and work of a police officer. Mahu, Chief of the Medjay in Akhet-Aten, managed the guards who patrolled the Horizon of Aten. Mahu, and his troops, were responsible for guarding the outposts and apprehending fugitives. Possibly, they were also involved in criminal punishments. Some of those practices were quite cruel… Date c. 1357-1343 BCE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Dec 20, 2020
Introducing my Research Assistant
4:19
Meet Elissa Day, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, and my new Research Assistant! Follow Elissa on twitter.com @emtd98

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Dec 11, 2020
Interview: The Place and the People, with Fatma Keshk
40:13
Fatma Keshk is an Egyptologist, archaeologist and researcher in Egyptian heritage. She leads the outreach project "The Place and the People," working to strengthen ties between archaeologists and local Egyptian communities. It is my pleasure to welcome Fatma to the History of Egypt Podcast; I hope you enjoy the conversation. Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Fatma Keshk at the Free University of Berlin https://exoriente.academia.edu/FatmaKeshk,The Place and the People online www.facebook.com/The-Place-and-the-People-2315808581791112, The Tale of Shutb (children's story in English) https://www.britishmuseum.org

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Dec 09, 2020
Interview: Nubian Egypt, with Dr. Aaron de Souza.
1:22:26
Aaron de Souza is an archaeologist specializing in the material culture of Egypt and Nubia. He earned his PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2016, and is now a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in Vienna. In the field, Aaron works with ceramics and material culture, particularly in cemetery contexts. He has published several articles and a book, titled New Horizons: The Pan-Grave Ceramic Tradition in Context. Aaron is an insightful researcher, part of the new generation of scholars that are examining (and re-examining) historical material in new ways. Learn more about Dr. Aaron de Souza online at Academia https://oeaw.academia.edu/AarondeSouza, the In Between Nubia website https://inbetweennubia.com/author/amdesouza/, and on Twitter https://twitter.com/aaronmdesouza. Shop History of Egypt merchandise at www.teepublic.com, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Dec 01, 2020
Interview: Egyptian Heritage, with Heba abd el Gawad
49:30
Heba Abd el Gawad is an exhibition curator, public outreach specialist and researcher in Egyptian heritage within museum contexts. She is the postdoctoral researcher for the project ‘Egypt’s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt’ at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London, in addition to many other important works. Heba joins the History of Egypt Podcast to discuss public outreach, museum communication and accessibility, and the cultural heritage of Egypt and its people. For more information about the projects discussed in this interview, see the following links: Egypt's Dispersed Heritage project on Twitter www.twitter.com/excavatedegypt and Facebook www.facebook.com/EgyptsDispersedHeritage, the Manchester Museum Podcast "Who Owns Egyptian heritage?" Manchester Museum https://www.mmfromhome.com/podcast/episode/39f9e1a5/who-owns-egyptian-heritage-with-heba-abd-el-gawad, Arabic Digital Comics during COVID 19  www.al-fanarmedia.org/2020/08/arabic-comics-reach-a-wider-audience-through-digital-projects/, and "Fayoum Human Remains Your mummies, Their Ancestors," a webinar on the ethics of displaying and researching human remains in partnership with Egypt Exploration Society and Everyday Orientalist www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC51hWto1J8&t=4603s. Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Nov 24, 2020
Fun: The Tomb Kings
1:48:00
An unofficial history, Part 1. In distant ages, and forgotten realms, a mighty civilization once flourished on the banks of a great river. The people of Nehekhara and their great kings are now a memory… but they are not dead. Not quite. Today, we dive into the lore of a fantasy civilization, inspired by ancient Egypt… Date c.2,500 Before the Imperial Calendar (I.C.) Music by TableTop Audio www.tabletopaudio.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music from Pond5 www.pond5.com, All images copyright Games Workshop, additional images at Art Station (search: Tomb Kings). CHAPTER TIME CODES = Chapter 1 Nehekhara 06:00... Chapter 2 Settra Prince of Khemri 18:10... Chapter 3 Settra the Imperishable 29:50... Chapter 4 The Time of Kings, the Rise of Nagash 48:06... Chapter 5 The Tyranny of Nagash 56:44... Chapter 6 The Creation of the Tomb Kings 1:08:34... Chapter 7 Ancient Egypt Inspirations 1:25:16... Epilogues 1:40:34

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Oct 31, 2020
Show Update - End of 2020
6:56
Some good news and some bad news. Before we start the next chapter of Egyptian history, I need to take a break. Fortunately, I also have some help on the next step. In this update, I explain my situation at the end of 2020 and what the future holds for the podcast... Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Oct 26, 2020
135: The Face(s) of Akhenaten
1:03:10
Legacy and Summary. Today, we look back at Akhenaten's reign, and I ramble for a while about his importance in history, both ancient and modern... Date c. 1346 BCE and 20th Century CE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

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Oct 23, 2020
134b: The Burial(s) of Akhenaten
35:46

Side-episode. Today we discuss some "extra" items from Akhenaten's tomb. Also, we return to KV55, that elusive monument in the Valley of the Kings, to see some reasons why it *might* be Akhenaten.

Date c.1346 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com



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Oct 15, 2020
134: The Death of Akhenaten
1:08:35
A controversy comes to its end. King Akhenaten died in his 17th year on the throne. Surprisingly, we know a lot about his passing and his burial. From the date of his death, to his sarcophagus, shabti figurines and his innovative tomb, we can get a sense of how this controversial ruler finally met his end... Date c.1346 BCE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

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Oct 07, 2020
133: The Heretic King
1:00:36
Erasing a God. Sometime in his reign, Akhenaten initiated a project that has made him infamous. The King’s agents, sculptors and masons travelled throughout the country, visiting major temples and shrines. Their job? Hack away the name and figure of Amun, King of the Gods, wherever they found it. This project is the most controversial of Akhenaten’s reign.Today, we dig into what happened, and why the King did it... Chapter 2 begins at 24:30, Date c.1347 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric bettinajoydeguzman.com, The History of Egypt Podcast is a member of the Agora Podcast Network www.agorapodcastnetwork.com

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Sep 09, 2020
Interview: Prof. Kara Cooney (Full Version)
1:30:10
Full version of the interview with Prof. Kara Cooney, for those who want it. Time codes for discussion... Intro 03:25... Funerary Culture 11:11... Craftworking 25:56... Hatshepsut's Legacy 38:19... Royal Authority 56:09... Hatshepsut's Mummy 1:07:24... Egyptological Science, Media, and Prof. Cooney's career 1:15:38. Learn more about Prof. Kara Cooney and read her published material at http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ Visit The History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/, Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

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Aug 29, 2020
Interview: Egyptology, Science, and Media with Prof. Kara Cooney
14:58
Interview with Kara Cooney, Part 3: The Science of Egyptology, Research in the Public Arena, and future works. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In this interview, we discuss her work for TV documentaries and popular publishing. We also dive into the science of Egyptology, how it gets reported in media, and recent developments. Finally, we discuss Kara's current and future projects, and what we can look forward to on the horizon... Kara Cooney's website http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ The History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/. Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Aug 28, 2020
Interview: Hatshepsut, Power, and the Mafia with Prof. Kara Cooney
37:21
Interview with Kara Cooney, Part 2: The Impact of Hatshepsut's Reign on the Royal House of Dynasty 18. Kara (Kathlyn) Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In this interview, we discuss her book The Woman Who Would be King, and her research into the reign and legacy of King Hatshepsut. Episode image: a statue of Hatshepsut, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kara Cooney's website http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ The History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/. Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Aug 27, 2020
Interview: The Cost of Death with Prof. Kara Cooney
37:23
Kara Cooney, Part 1: Funerary Culture and Royal Power. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In this interview, we discuss her research in funerary culture and the cost of burial for non-royal Egyptians during the New Kingdom. Episode logo image: the coffin of Sennedjem, showing (top) high-quality carved glyphs and (bottom) rough, "inexpert/apprentice" glyphs. Kara Cooney's website http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/. Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

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Aug 26, 2020
Interview: Uncovering Amarna, with Dr. Chris Naunton
1:32:22
Interview episode. Chris Naunton is the former head of the Egypt Exploration Society and the elected President International Association of Egyptologists (2016-2019). With decades of experience, he is an enthusiastic and engaging scholar, with a particular talent for outreach and communication. Dr. Naunton sat down to discuss the city of Amarna, its exploration, and the evidence that helps us connect with its ancient, famous people. Dr. Naunton's website and books https://chrisnaunton.com. Youtube seminars: "The People of Amarna" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A6f5yk1QdM,"A History of the Egypt Exploration Society" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AgqomUA-BQ, and The Lost Tombs of Egypt" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ogtWxeV9A. Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Follow the podcast at https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/

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Aug 19, 2020
132: Iconic Nefertiti
48:41
The Nefertiti bust. How it was made, how it was discovered, and how it wound up in a museum far from its home. Date c.1347 BCE and 1912 CE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, additional music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

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Aug 07, 2020
131: King Nefertiti
46:17
The Queen becomes King. Throughout Akhenaten’s reign, the Great King’s Wife Neferet-Iti (Nefertiti) grew more and more prominent. By regnal year 16 (1437 BCE), she seemed to be an equal to her husband. Eventually, the Queen may have transitioned to a new role, and become a co-regent alongside Akhenaten. In this episode, we explore the evidence for Nefertiti as a King… CHAPTER TWO TIME CODE 22:38 Date c. 1347 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

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Jul 29, 2020
130: The Life and Death of Smenkhkare
19:17
A Short-Lived Ruler. In 1349 BCE, Egypt had two kings. But not for long. The young ruler, Smenkhkare, was destined to die early. In this episode, we explore the strange case of Akhenaten's co-king... Date c.1349 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jul 22, 2020
129: Hard-Knock Life
29:15
Child labour, plague, and dark deeds at Amarna. By regnal year 14 (c.1349 BCE) Akhenaten's capital city had grown to almost thirty thousand people. This massive growth carried a price, one that archaeologists are finding in the city's vast cemeteries... Date c.1349 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com Support the show for early access, ad-free episodes, and much more at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

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Jul 06, 2020
Interview: Amarna Sunset with Prof. Aidan Dodson
54:35
Royal Tombs, Amarna, Egyptology. Prof. Aidan Dodson has been in the game many years, and has published widely on a variety of topics. From his best-selling Amarna Sunset, Amarna Sunrise and The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt, Prof. Dodson is familiar to many who are interested in ancient Egypt. In this interview, he sat down to discuss the Amarna Period, royal tombs, and the science of history in Egyptology. A fascinating conversation, which I'm excited to share! Date c.1350 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Find more of Prof. Dodson's work and purchase his book The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt at Pen & Sword Publishing https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Aidan-Dodson/a/2681

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Jun 25, 2020
128: True Crime KV55 (DNA, CSI... etc)
43:37
The Mysterious Mummy. In this episode, we visit the historical crime scene known as Valley of the Kings tomb number 55. KV55 is easily the most analysed, debated, and confounding find in all of Egyptology... Date: c.1350 BCE and 1907 CE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Jun 19, 2020
127: Meket-Aten and Smenkh-Ka-Re
31:36
Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 2. In 1350 BCE the royal house of Egypt was in crisis. The princess Meket-Aten, just eight years old, was the second prominent person to die in a short span of time. Soon after, Akhenaten seems to have appointed a new co-ruler. His name was Smenkh-ka-Re. Date c.1350 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

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Jun 05, 2020
126: The Death of Queen Tiye
31:42
Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 1. Around year 12 of Akhenaten, the Queen Mother Tiye died. She journeyed to the West at the age of 60, having been a powerful influence for more than fifty years. Tiye is a monumental figure, literally, in the history of ancient Egypt. In this episode, we do her honour, and explore her legacy following her death. Date c.1351 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

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Jun 03, 2020
125b: Maru Aten and North Palace
25:57
A guided tour. In this episode we explore two monuments belonging to an ancient princess, and see the luxury in which a pharaoh's daughter lived... Date c.1451 BCE (reign of Akhenaten) www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, support the show and get ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com. Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast.

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May 20, 2020
125: House of Meritaten
23:55
A Princess of Egypt. By 1351 BCE, princess Meritaten was approximately ten years old. The pharaoh's eldest daughter was front and centre of propaganda. But what was her life like? Today, we explore the life of an Egyptian princess... Date c. 1451 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, support the show and get ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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May 18, 2020
124: Amurrites 2, The Crimes of Aziru
1:06:31
Diplomacy, Betrayal, Murder. Around 1350 BCE, the sons of Abdi-Ashirta inherited his power and began to pursue further conquests. Along the way, they committed several heinous crimes... Date c.1355-1350 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com I will be presenting at the Intelligent Speech Conference on June 27, 2020! Get early bird tickets for just $10 USD at www.intelligentspeechconference.com/shop/, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter https://dbfiechter.bandcamp.com/, support the show and get ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

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May 04, 2020
123: Amurrites and Where to Find Them
1:18:33
Abdi-Ashirta and the Rise of Amurru. In the later years of Amunhotep III (father of Akhenaten) and the early years of Akhenaten himself, events in the north began to trouble the royal court. The Egyptian empire, long established in Canaan and Syria, was under threat. Great powers were rising, and regional vassals were starting to fight amongst themselves. Into this milieu, a man named Abdi-Ashirta began to make waves... Episode date c.1365-1360 BCE. Music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter. Intro music by Keith Zizza. Support the show and get ad-free, extended episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

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Apr 15, 2020
122: Letters from the Capital
24:33
A Man Living Alone. In the midst of Akhenaten's whirlwind reforms, and his radical decisions, it's easy to forget the impact this probably had on ordinary people. How did the folks who followed Akhenaten adjust to life in a completely new city? A few letters and texts, excavated in the old capital, give us a glimpse... Episode details at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show and get episodes early + ad-free at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Mar 30, 2020
Interview: Alcohol & Economics with Prof. Leslie Anne Warden
51:30
Beer, Bread and Pharaoh's Power. My guest today is Dr. Leslie Anne Warden, Associate Professor of art history and archaeology at Roanoke College in Virginia, USA. An insightful scholar, Prof. Warden is here to share her investigations into the world of ancient economics, particularly how beer and bread can reveal the inner-workings of Egyptian society. From ceramics to experiments in brewing, Prof. Warden provides a detailed and thoughtful view on the world of the Nile Valley. Look: Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt, 2013; University profile, Academia.edu. Podcast website www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show and get ad-free, early releases at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

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Mar 25, 2020
Interview: Ancient Lives with Prof. Elizabeth Frood
36:03
Two Kiwis Nerding Out. My guest today is Dr. Elizabeth Frood, Associate Professor of Egyptology and Director of the Griffith Institute at the University of Oxford, UK. In a lively discussion, Prof. Frood shares her insights into ancient lives and how people living in the non-royal sphere approached their immortality. Statues, texts and graffiti show us the minds of these people and how they depicted their concerns, beliefs and ideas. It's a great conversation and I think you'll really enjoy it! Book, Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt, 2007. Background: Oxford academic page and research info at Academia.edu. Story: Egypt, fieldwork and physical disabilities; BBC - the infection which took my nose and legs; Facebook - the Egyptologist who almost lost everything.

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Mar 18, 2020
Summary: Akhenaten (Phase 2)
18:32

Interlude: More Story So Far...


We've covered a lot since Akhenaten abandoned the traditional capitals and moved to his new home of Akhet-Aten. Now, the second phase of pharaoh's rule lasted between regnal years 6 and 12 (c.1357-1351 BCE). In this time, the King completed many of the goals he initiated back in phase 1. Then, he began to build on those, further refining his ideas and moving forward into new territory...


Date: c.1357 to 1351 BCE (regnal year 6 to 12)

King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)

Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)

Location: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)


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Mar 04, 2020
121: Festival of Tribute
49:37
Akhenaten (Part 11): Foreigners Submit. By 1351 BCE, Akhenaten had achieved many of his early goals. His city, Akhet-Aten, was established, his religious ideas were reaching maturity, and the King could begin to express his vision of Aten in a new way. Finally, pharaoh could celebrate his mastery over foreign populations. Thus, in 1351 BCE, Egypt played host to a grand celebration of tribute… Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Podcast and get AD-FREE, early release episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com and Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

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Feb 23, 2020
120: Reverend Mother
40:14
Akhenaten (Part 10): Queen Tiye's Retirement. For the first decade of Akhenaten's rule, his mother Tiye was a background figure. But we have more evidence for her later years than you'd expect, including magnificent art and objects. Plus, the Queen herself returned to public life when she made a splendid visit to pharaoh's new city... Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Podcast and get AD-FREE, early release episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Jan 30, 2020
Mini Episode: The Doomed Prince
16:25
Ancient Fairytales (Part 2). Sometime in the 18th Dynasty, perhaps around the time of Akhenaten, a fairy-tale became popular in Egypt. The story spoke of a prince, forced to flee his home after a prophecy foretold that he would die from one of three fates - a dog, a snake, or a crocodile. Leaving Egypt, the prince went on many adventures - some quite familiar from our own fairy tales. Inevitably, though, the young man had to face his destiny, and confront the three fates which came for him... Support the show and get AD-FREE early access at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast... Episode bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com... Thanks for listening!

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Jan 08, 2020
Mini Episode: The Tale of Two Brothers
1:09:14
Ancient Fairytales (Part 1). In the late 18th or early 19th Dynasties, a story developed in Egypt. It told of two siblings, Anubis and Bata, who contended with injustice and misfortune. Facing treachery, divine intervention and even the pharaoh himself, the two brothers overcame obstacles and sought to restore justice, against those who did them wrong. In this fairytale, we see how two (divine) beings contended with falsehood. Support the Podcast and get AD-FREE EARLY ACCESS at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast... Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com,

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Jan 01, 2020
119: Tut-ankh-Aten
33:19
Akhenaten (Part 9): A Royal Son. By 1352 BCE, Akhenaten and his family were well ensconced in the palaces of Amarna. The pharaoh could enjoy the company of his Great Wife, Nefertiti, and his three elder daughters. He could also enjoy the pleasures afforded by his second wife and look forward to the eventual birth of his son, a prince who would become one of the most famous names in Egyptian history... Date c.1352 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Dec 18, 2019
118b: Priests and Provisions
34:36
Priests and Provisions for Akhet-Aten. Around 1354 BCE (regnal year 8), Akhenaten took care to organise his new royal city. Among other things he expanded the agricultural domain which would serve Aten (the sun god), and he also appointed new priests and administrators to manage his temples. As the first decade of his rule came towards its end, Akhenaten's vision was finally starting to become reality... Date c.1354 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Dec 04, 2019
118: The House of Aten
35:14

Amarna (Part 5): Great Temples.


When he established his new residence-city, Akhenaten made special provision for his god’s house. Two great temples, dedicated to the solar disc, rose on the east bank of the Nile River. Searching the archaeological remains, and scouring the artistic record of these temples, we can get a sense of how Akhenaten worshipped his god; and some of the symbols and meanings he used to express it...


Date: c.1357 BCE. King Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re). Queen Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)...


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Nov 21, 2019
Interview: Akhnaten (a MetOpera cast)
50:50

Interlude: An Interview with Akhnaten


In 1983, Philip Glass debuted his opera Akhnaten, a bold musical exploration of the pharaoh, his reign and his legacy. Now, Akhnaten returns in a new run. Akhnaten by The Metropolitan Opera, in New York, is running from November 8th to December 7th, 2019 and will be broadcast worldwide in cinemas; find tickets here



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Nov 13, 2019
117: Adoring Ra
31:46

Precursors to Atenism.

The god Aten has a long history; and in the 18th Dynasty, many Egyptians were praising the sun god in a variety of forms (Ra, Atum, Horakhty, Aten, Khepri etc). Akhenaten's reforms were radical, but they have some obvious roots. Looking at several religious texts, side by side, we can see how the sun god became a major, universal deity at this time... (Date = 1400-1360 BCE; King = Akhenaten; Queen = Nefertiti; Location = Thebes and Amarna. Website at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Sistrum by Hathor Systrum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7pYdPOS4yw).



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Nov 07, 2019
116: Adoring Aten
1:03:39

Akhenaten (Part 7): The Great Hymn to Aten.


In 1356 BCE, Egypt sweltered under the heat of Aten's rays; the god's servant, King Akhenaten, glorified the deity above all. We see this in some remarkable prayers and hymns which survive in the hidden tombs of Akhenaten's city. In these sepulchres, we find glimpses of the King's beliefs and how he expressed them... (Date = c.1356 BCE, King = Akhenaten, Queen = Nefertiti, Location = Akhet-Aten / Amarna) Learn more and view images/resources for this episode at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com,



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Oct 31, 2019
Summary: Akhenaten (Phase 1)
19:45

Interlude: The Story So Far...


We've covered a lot since Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten appeared on the throne of Egypt. Today, we take a breather to sort it all out and summarise what we've seen so far. This will put us on a good footing for even more drama in the years to come...


Date: c.1357 BCE (regnal year 6)

King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)

Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)

Location: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)


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Sep 04, 2019
115b: Building Quickly
25:58

Amarna (Part 4): Raising a City in Haste.


When Akhenaten demanded a new royal residence (Akhet-Aten), it fell to countless labourers, overseers and donkeys to gather the material needed for the city. Archaeologists scouring the landscape of Akhet-Aten and its neighbourhood have found a great deal of evidence for stone quarrying, ancient road networks, and even the rudimentary concrete used to strengthen buildings...


  • Date. c.1357 BCE
  • King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)
  • Location: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Episode Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com. Want to visit Egypt? Consider joining the History of Egypt Podcast Tour in January 2020! Spaces still available, more details at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2019/06/19/tour-2-now-ready-for-booking/



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Aug 28, 2019
115: Hatiay's House
34:51

Amarna (Part 3): House of a Master Builder.


The Overseer of Works, Hatiay, was one of Akhenaten's most prominent and useful servants. He helped build pharaoh's new city, bringing the vision to life, by organising work teams and resources for the massive construction projects. Along the way, Hatiay received many perks, including one of the nicest houses discovered at the site...

  • Date: c.1357 BCE (regnal year 6).
  • Pharaoh: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re).
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten).
  • Locations: Akhet-Aten (Amarna).


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Aug 21, 2019
114b: Defining the Horizons
19:36

Amarna (Part 2): Akhenaten's Priorities and Mindset.


A short side episode, concerning Akhenaten's mind-set around the time he moved to Amarna. Did the King always plan this city? Did he want to live here forever and never leave? And how did he think about the community he was developing? We explore these questions...


  • Date: c.1357 BCE (Regnal Year 6).
  • King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re).
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten Neferet-Iti).
  • Locations: Thebes (Waset); Amarna (Akhet-Aten).


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com. Podcast photos and more at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.



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Jul 31, 2019
114: Seeds of a City
39:14

Amarna (Part 1): Building Akhet-Aten.


In regnal year 5, Akhenaten decreed the foundations of his new city devoted to the sun god. One year later, the King returned to perform ceremonies and to review what had been completed...


  • Date: c.1357 BCE (regnal year 6)
  • King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)
  • Cities: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)


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Jul 17, 2019
113: Akh-en-Aten
50:48

Akhenaten (Part 6): New Name, Who Dis?


In regnal year 5, Amunhotep IV reached the conclusion of his early ideological development. His views had crystallized and he was ready to express them more explicitly than before. Soon, pharaoh issued a public declaration; he would now be called Akh-en-Aten...


  • Time Period: c.1358 BCE (regnal year 5)...
  • King: Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)...
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)...
  • Places: Waset (Thebes), Akhet-Aten (Amarna)...


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Jul 03, 2019
112: Artistic Revolution
53:09

Akhenaten (Part 5): Amarna Art.


Around the time of his Sed-Festival, Amunhotep IV introduced a whole new form of artistic representation. Royal imagery was reworked from the ground up, including new proportions, displays and themes. In this episode, we explore the changes to relief and sculpture, and meet the artisans who put pharaoh's vision into practice...


  • Time Period: c.1359 BCE (regnal year 4)
  • King: Amunhotep IV (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re, Imen-Hetep)
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten Neferet-Iti)
  • Locations: Thebes (Waset), Aswan (Elephantine).


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Jun 19, 2019
111: The Royal Gods
46:59

Akhenaten (Part 4): Aten Above All.


In 1360 BCE, regnal year 3, King Nefer-kheperu-Re Amunhotep IV made some of his most startling decisions yet. Promoting the sun disc, Aten, even further, Amunhotep began to give the god royal accessories (cartouches, uraei etc) and present it as a being tied intimately with the pharaoh. This culminated in an unprecedented event: a Sed-Festival, celebrated at Karnak, and shared by the King and God together...


  • Time period: c.1360 BCE (regnal year 3)
  • King: Amunhotep IV (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)
  • Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten Neferet-iti)
  • Locations: Waset (Thebes); the Wadi Hammamat


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Jun 05, 2019
110: The Aten Appears
47:15

Akhenaten (Part 3): Revelation of a Religion.


Soon after he came to power, Amunhotep IV (later Akhenaten) began to reveal his unique vision of god and the world. A remarkable amount of evidence survives for this crucial period: from a royal speech, magnificent temples at Karnak and a massive artistic shift, the King revealed his strange and fascinating ideas...


Time period: c.1361 BCE (regnal year 2)

King: Amunhotep IV (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)

Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten Neferet-iti)

Locations: Waset (Thebes); Gebel el-Silsila


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May 15, 2019
109: Nefertiti (with Dr Joyce Tyldesley)
59:27

Akhenaten (Part 2): The Great Queen(s)...


In 1361 BCE, Amunhotep IV was settled into his power. It was time to find a queen - his choice would be one of Egypt's most famous women...

This episode covers Amunhotep's diplomatic engagements with Mitanni and the first appearance (and origins) of Nefertiti. Also, we present part 2 of our interview with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley of Manchester University...


Time period: c.1361 BCE (regnal year 2).

Queens: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten Neferet-Iti); Queen Mother Tiye; Yuni of Mitanni.

Kings: Amunhotep IV (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re); Tushratta of Mitanni.

Notable sites: Karnak (Ipet-Sut); West Bank of Thebes (Waset); Kingdom of Mitanni (Mesopotamia).


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Apr 19, 2019
108: AKA Amunhotep IV
27:17

Akhenaten (Part 1): Conventional Start.


Around 1362 BCE, the reign of Amunhotep IV began. Although destined to shake the Egyptian state, this King began with some surprisingly conventional choices. His monuments and art are a far cry from what he would become...


Time period: c.1362 BCE (regnal year 1)

King: Amunhotep IV (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re).

Notable sites: Karnak (Ipet-Sut); West Bank of Thebes (Waset).


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Apr 05, 2019
Mini Episode: Songs in a Garden (The Seduction)
14:45

An Egyptian couple relax in a garden, and share a moment of love...


Four poems of romance, exploring the courtship of an ancient couple. Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)


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Mar 29, 2019
107b: Queen Tiye (with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley)
28:26

The Queen Who Ruled All.


In this episode we look at Queen Tiye, Lady of the Two Lands and mighty power-player in court politics. With me is Dr. Joyce Tyldesley, Research Associate of the Manchester Museum and lecturer in Manchester University's online Egyptology courses. Dr. Tyldesley is an expert on ancient Egyptian women (royal and non-royal) and the role of these people in their society and she generously agreed to help me tell Tiye's story (and some others). We had a great discussion, I hope you enjoy.


This is Part One, focussing on Tiye. Part Two (releasing later) will focus on Nefertiti.


Time period: c.1390 - 1350.

People: Queen Tiye.


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Mar 22, 2019
107: Looking Back
1:03:32

Amunhotep III (Part 14): The End.


In his last regnal years, Neb-ma'at-Re Amunhotep III experienced victories and defeats. While his health declined, the pharaoh got into a serious argument with the King of Babylon, inspected his magnificent tomb, and celebrated one last Sed-Festival. Finally, after 38 years on the throne, the inevitable moment arrived...


Time period: c.1362 BCE

Kings: Amunhotep III, Kadashman-Enlil (I) of Babylon.

Notable sites: Kingdom of Babylon, Waset (Thebes).


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Music by Keith Zizza

Music by Michael Levy

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Mar 15, 2019
106b: Last Monuments (Bonus)
36:55

Bonus Episode! Lesser-known Monuments of Amunhotep III.


By the last years of his reign, c.1365 BCE, King Amunhotep had dozens of important monuments going up throughout Egypt and Nubia. But some of these have been overlooked. In this bonus episode, we explore some of the King's lesser-known structures. We also take a guided tour of Luxor Temple, now almost finished...


Time period: c.1365 BCE (year 35).

King: Amunhotep III (Neb-ma'at-Re).

Notable sites: Memphis (Hwt-ka-Ptah), Thebes (Waset), Malqata (Nebmaatre-Aten-Tjehen).


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Feb 20, 2019
106: Mail-Order Bride
42:07

Amunhotep III (Part 13): Foreign Wives and Magnificent Tiye


By 1366 BCE, Amunhotep was on top of the world: foreign kings begged his friendship and they were willing to pay (beautifully) to get it. Meanwhile, Queen Tiye enjoyed an unprecedented level of parity with her husband, expressed quite publicly in grand monuments...


Time period: c.1366 BCE

Kings: Amunhotep III, Tushratta of Mitanni

Notable sites: Kingdom of Mitanni, Waset (Thebes), Bubastis


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Feb 06, 2019
105: The Sun King
30:30

Amunhotep III (Part 12): Pharaoh as a God.


By 1366 BCE, Amunhotep III was ready to celebrate a second sed-festival. However, the King's pretensions had begun to reach celestial heights - in regnal year 34 he appeared to be an equal to the gods themselves...


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Jan 23, 2019
104: A Wealthy House
33:38

Daily Life in New Kingdom Egypt.


Around 1370 BCE, wealthy Egyptians enjoyed a comfortable and well-furnished lifestyle. From their tombs, houses and scattered texts, we can get a sense of daily life for ancient aristocrats...


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Jan 09, 2019
Mini Episode: Egyptian Dinosaurs
39:25
Egypt in the Cretaceous period. Music by Brandon Feichter (Bandcamp). Get AD-FREE, early-release episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

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Jan 02, 2019
Mini Episode: An Intact Tomb
35:19
Kha and Merit, an Intact Tomb. In 1906, a remarkable discovery came to light: the tomb of a middle-class couple, who lived in the town of Deir el-Medina. Here, amid the craftsmen and specialists who made tombs, a man named Kha and a woman named Merit enjoyed an affluent lifestyle. When they died, they were interred with all their worldly possessions and slept undisturbed for 3300 years. Then, a wonderful discovery occurred and an ancient story came to life... The History of Egypt Podcast is supported by Patrons, get early access and ad-free listening at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast... Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com... Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com...

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Dec 26, 2018
103: The House of Rejoicing (Malqata Palace)
33:53

Amunhotep III (Part 11): The Royal Palace and a King's Life.


By 1370 BCE, King Amunhotep III was living in a sumptuous palace at Thebes. Built for the first sed-festival (ep.100), the "House of Rejoicing" was a magnificent structure with many beautiful elements. Today, we start to explore how a pharaoh lived and the lifestyle they enjoyed...


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Dec 19, 2018
102b: Colourful Keftiu (Twilight on Crete)
37:31

The Minoans Fade Away.


In 1370 BCE, an Egyptian embassy visited the Aegean. As part of their journey, they came to Crete, visiting the Keftiu (Minoans) who had ruled the island for 1000 years. Until now....


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Dec 05, 2018
102: An Egyptian Odyssey (Passage to Greece)
58:29
Ancient Egypt and the Greeks of Mycenae. It's time to set sail! We journey far from Egypt to visit lands only whispered about until now. We are visiting Greece and the lands of Mycenae, who in 1370 BCE were beginning to make their mark on the international scene. Episode images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Outro music by Doug Metzger www.literatureandhistory.com/, Harp music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com, Intro music by Gabriel Yared www.gabrielyared.com

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Nov 21, 2018
Full Interview: Egyptian Religion with Dr Campbell Price (Manchester)
1:31:18

Private Worship and Images in New Kingdom Egypt.


Here is the full discussion with Dr Campbell Price! It's a wonderful chat about all kinds of questions relating to Egypt and private worship. (If you want to skip ahead to the "new" content, it begins at 31:00).


00:00 - 32:00 18th Dynasty (see episode 101b).

32:00 - 90:00 Private Worship and Images in New Kingdom Egypt.


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Nov 14, 2018
101b: Successful Statues (with Dr. Campbell Price)
56:09

The Man Who Became a God.


In this episode we look at the divine statues of Amunhotep son of Hapu(c.1370 BCE) and how they helped him become a god. With me for this episode is Dr. Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum, University of Manchester. Dr. Price is an expert on non-royal statues and religion and he generously agreed to discuss these topics with me. The result was a wonderful interview, that I think you'll really enjoy!


Chapter Times:

00:00 Prologue,

02:47 Episode Intro,

04:00 Amuhotep Son of Hapu as a god,

08:00 Pilgrims to Amunhotep Hapu's statues,

14:45 Campbell Price Interview (Part 1),

27:07 Campbell Price Interview (Part 2),

47:40 Summary and Conclusion,

49:07 Epilogue.


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Nov 07, 2018
101: Hapu's Son
35:36

Success After Fifty.


In 1470 BCE, King Amunhotep III's closest advisor was already eighty years old. The scribe, overseer and wise man Amunhotep Son of Hapu achieved prominence quite late in life, but he did not waste the opportunity. From a small town in the Delta, to the vast construction sites of Thebes, a royal scribe went to work for his pharaoh, and gained immortality...


Chapter Times:

00:00 History of the Copts intro,

01:08 Episode Intro,

02:25 The Statues of Amunhotep son of Hapu,

05:40 Early Life,

11:25 Rise to Prominence and Sacred Mysteries,

15:13 The Colossi of Memnon,

19:55 The King's Advisor,

24:08 The Sed Festival,

30:45 Conclusion and Epilogue.


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Oct 24, 2018
Mini Episode: The Lost Son (A Lament)
15:02

A Father Begs His Son to Return Home.


Late in the New Kingdom (c.1250 BCE), an Egyptian father wrote a letter to his son. The son had gone to sea, sailing on a ship; he had not sent any word of his wellbeing. Worried, the father writes a letter, begging his son to return home.


The letter is possibly based off real events, for it involves people who were genuine figures in their community. The father, Menna, and the son Pay-Iry were inhabitants of the village of Deir el-Medina (Set-Ma'at, the Place of Truth). They lived around 1250 BCE, approximately, and this may be a record of their real relationship.


Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)


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Sep 21, 2018
Mini Episode: A Wayward Scribe (The Drinking)
17:20

A former pupil goes off the rails and gets lost in drink; his teacher tries to bring him back.


After completing his education, a young scribe might take a job in a temple, government office, or work team. But this time, the student went off into some wayward behaviours. Writing a stern letter, a schoolmaster tries to bring his former pupil back to sobriety and good living.


Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)


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Sep 15, 2018
Question Time! (Q+A)
19:00

To celebrate 100 episodes, I took your questions on all things ancient Egypt.


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If you didn't hear your question, I have sent out written responses. Some questions covered material already in the show, or on topics that don't have enough evidence to discuss in detail.

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Jul 27, 2018
100b. Raising the Children High
18:13

Interlude: A Princess Becomes Queen, a Prince Becomes Heir.


In 1370 BCE, the same year as the Sed-Festival, pharaoh Amunhotep III made two interesting decisions. He made his eldest daughter his wife, and named his eldest (surviving) son as heir to the throne. In a short side-episode, we explore these events and their significance...


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Jul 19, 2018
100: Celebration
1:15:50

Amunhotep III (Part 10): The Sed Festival, As Told by Kheruef Who Witnessed It.


In regnal year 30, Amunhotep III celebrated the first of his sed-festivals. This was a spectacular event, with a number of rituals and performances celebrating the King's reign, and renewing his authority on earth. Some of these rites were truly arcane, hearkening back to the very earliest days of the Egyptian kingdom.


In this special episode, we explore the festival from beginning to end as it is recorded in the tomb of Kheruef, a royal official who witnessed the celebration...


Episode divided into four chapters:

Chapter One at 03:28

Chapter Two at 20:44

Chapter Three at 33:20

Chapter Four at 52:20

Epilogue at 1:06:14


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Jul 09, 2018
99: Sakhmet's Demons
44:03

Amunhotep III (Part 9): The Dark Years.


Between 1380 and 1370 BCE, Egypt may have suffered an outbreak of disease. In this decade, at least four royal family members died, and the political situation was irrevocably changed. It wasn't all bad, though: around 1380, Queen Tiy went through the difficulties of childbirth and offered a new son to the lineage...


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Jun 21, 2018
98: Young Bull Appearing In Memphis
40:37

Interlude: Royal Children On the Rise.


From 1385 to 1380, the prince of Egypt Thutmose was climbing up the ranks. From a lowly sem-priest to the chief of a great temple, Thutmose was a quickly rising star. His sister, Sit-Amun, also leaves a tantalizing trace of her life. We explore a non-royal funeral, the cult of the Apis Bull, and see how a prince of Egypt left some wonderful personal records, including those of his pet.


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Jun 07, 2018
Mini Episode: Music in Ancient Egypt (Part 2) with Jeffrey Goodman
34:01

An interview with composer Jeffrey Goodman.Jeff Goodman has composed some wonderful pieces evoking the world of ancient Egypt. Taking inspiration from mythology, art and literature, he crafts lovely songs with a focus on authenticity in instrumentation. As part of the larger investigation of music, I invited him onto the show for a discussion about composition, ancient musicality, and how to evoke the past when we have no written notation left. This is the first time I've interviewed someone; it was an interesting experience!


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May 31, 2018
Mini Episode: Music in Ancient Egypt (Part 1)
53:11

Instruments, Musicians, and Songs.


In this mini episode, we explore the traces of ancient Egyptian songs and music. Although the melodies and rhythms are lost, we still have lyrics, instruments and artwork detailing some of these arts. From this, we can understand how certain instruments were played, and what different artists tried to achieve. Plus, modern reconstructions can give us a hint at the soundscape of ancient Egypt.


Musical Interludes (by permission):


This is Part One; a second part (including an interview with composer Jeffrey Goodman) will follow soon.


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May 30, 2018
97b: The In-Laws
52:13

Interlude: Queen Tiy's Lucky Family.


The family of Queen Tiy came from an interesting place, and led a fascinating life. Her mother and father - Tjuyu and Yuya - and her brother Anen enjoyed great privileges thanks to their family connections. In life, and in death, they left an enduring legacy...


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May 23, 2018
97: What Does The Scarab Say?
37:52

Amunhotep III (Part 8): Hunting, Wedding, Building.


From 1392 to 1390 BCE, Amunhotep III experienced an interesting few years. He hunted his 100th lion, and welcomed a new bride to his court. The princess Gilu-khepa came from Mitanni, for a diplomatic marriage to the king. Then, Amunhotep commissioned an artificial lake, built for the glory of his main wife, Tiy. Interesting times, all round...


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May 07, 2018
Mini Episode: All Is Full of Love (The Embrace)
12:00

Three Poems of Love from 18th Dynasty Egypt.


Around 1400 BCE, scribes and composers put together delightful works exploring themes of love, longing, lust and courtship. They told tales from both male and female perspectives, describing the emotions and sensations of their desires and affections. In this mini episode, we explore three short poems.


Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)


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Apr 25, 2018
96: The Colossi of Memnon
41:50

Amunhotep III (Part 7): Everything Bigger Than Everything Else.


For 2000+ years, the Colossi of Memnon have dazzled visitors to Thebes. What are the statues doing there? In this episode, we explore the lost Mortuary Temple of Amunhotep III, in particular the immense statues which are his enduring legacy. From the work of Egyptian builders to the heroes of Greek myth, the Colossi of Memnon have a unique and unusual story...


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Apr 16, 2018
95: Hundred-Gated Thebes
40:26

Amunhotep III (Part 6): City of a Hundred Pylons.


In 1397 BCE, King Amunhotep III began a massive series of building projects in Thebes. At Karnak, Luxor Temple, and the new "Maru" viewing place, the King inaugurated sanctuaries and gardens for the god Amun. We explore these monuments, and how they created a reputation that still resonated in the sagas of Greek myth...


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Apr 02, 2018
Mini Episode: Memphis River Blues (The Healing)
15:52

A Scribe yearns for a holiday, and goes in search of peace.


Two texts, written between 1400 and 1300 BCE, tell of the exhausted scribe's yearning for a holiday. Sick of work, he struggles to focus on tasks, and finds his heart wandering off to more pleasant places. The city of Memphis, Men-nefer (or Ineb-Hedj) looms large in his fantasies.


Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)


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Mar 26, 2018
94: The Pools of Horus
30:47

Amunhotep III (Part 5): Exploring Nubia.


In late 1397 BCE, King Amunhotep III took a band of warriors deep into Nubia (Sudan). They traversed deserts, explored hidden pools, and came to mysterious lands. It was a trip into strange new places...


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Mar 19, 2018
93: The River War
29:36

Amunhotep III (Part 4): Pharaoh's First War.


At the start of regnal year 5 (around August 1397 BCE), Amunhotep III led his first and only military campaign. Responding to a revolt in Nubia, the King gathered an army and began an expedition. We follow the king on campaign, and explore a slightly unusual situation...


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Mar 12, 2018
Mini Episode: Love Songs
18:35

Interlude: Romance, Passion and Love...in Song Form!


A look at New Kingdom love songs, as they survive. We see how the Egyptians felt and explored love, and encounter songs written from both the male and female perspective.


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Feb 26, 2018
92: The Great Lady
25:32

Amunhotep III (Part 3): Introducing Queen Tiy.


In 1399 BCE, the pharaoh Amunhotep III married his first and most important wife: Tiy, Royal Wife, Great of Praises, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt. Just twelve years old, the young queen would go on to be the most powerful woman in the world...


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Feb 19, 2018
91: The Mighty Bulls
35:31

Amunhotep III (Part 2): A Busy Start.


From May 1400 to April 1399, King Amunhotep finished his first year (just 4 months long) and began his second. In this 12-month period, he began a flurry of new projects. From donations to Thoth, to a mighty hunt, the King set himself as a vigorous and dynamic youth. His mother, Mutemwia, helped drive much of this...


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Feb 12, 2018
90: Neb-Ma'at-Re
22:11

Amunhotep III (Part 1): The Birth of a God.


Amunhotep III (Neb-maat-Re) came to power in mid-1400 BCE. He was twelve-years old, but already he had spent years being groomed for power. Today we explore the birthing myth and the childhood of one of the greatest pharaohs in history.


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Jan 22, 2018
Syrian Tales (3): The Refugee Prince
46:10

Bronze Age Syria and the Levant (Part Three, 1460 - 1400 BCE).


In 2017, we released a charity series to raise money for victims of the Syrian crisis. Now, I release those episodes to you, so that the ongoing conflict will not be forgotten. This is Part Three, in which we follow a single man as he fled persecution, sought vengeance, and wound up as king of a famous city. This is the tale of Idrimi of Aleppo...


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Jan 11, 2018
Syrian Tales (2): Crossroads and Conflict
40:38

Life in Bronze Age Syria and the Levant (Part Two, 1800 - 1700 BCE).


In 2017, we released a charity series to raise money for victims of the Syrian crisis. Now, I release those episodes to you, so that the ongoing conflict will not be forgotten. This is Part Two, in which we explore the city-state of Mari, and its monumental prosperity: a success story that drew the attention of the legendary king, Hammurabi of Babylon...


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Jan 10, 2018
Syrian Tales (1): Roots
27:59

Bronze Age Syria and the Levant (Part One, 2400 - 1800 BCE). In 2017 I released a charity series raising money for victims of the Syrian crisis.


In 2017, we released a charity series to raise money for victims of the Syrian crisis. Now, I release those episodes to you, so that the ongoing conflict will not be forgotten. This is Part One, exploring the history and archaeology of Ebla, a major city-state in central Syria.


https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/05/02/syrian-tales-free-release/



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Jan 09, 2018
Announcement: Syrian Tales (Charity Miniseries)
3:16

The History of Egypt Podcast is pleased to present "Syrian Tales," a 3-part mini-series recounting tales from Bronze Age Syria. These episodes are released to raise money on behalf of Syrian refugees; details in the announcement. The series will feature the voice-talents of many talented podcasters (below). It's going to be great!


Featuring the voice talents of Robin Pierson (History of Byzantium), Ryan Stitt (History of Ancient Greece), Scott Chesworth (The Ancient World), Drew Vahrenkamp (Wonders of the World), Kevin Stroud (The History of English), Doug Metzger (Literature and History) www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast



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Jan 08, 2018
89: Lords of the Desert
27:42

Interlude: Nebi and the Guardians of the Sinai.


Around 1414 BCE, a man and his comrades were marching into the unrelenting heat of the Sinai Peninsula. We follow Nebi of Tjaru and his men, as they undertake the grueling work of protecting Egypt's frontiers...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Additional Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com


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Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/01/07/episode-89-lords-of-the-desert/



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Jan 08, 2018
88: Lady of the Lake
32:41

Interlude: Queen Tia'a, Lady of the Faiyum Oasis.


Before she became queen of Egypt, the lady Tia'a spent her days at the royal harem of the Faiyum. This was a mysterious institution, devoted to serving queens, concubines and all the children of a pharaoh. We explore the Queen's background, the harem as an institution and the people who led the Faiyum's communities...


Music by Keith Zizza http://www.keithzizza.com/

Additional music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/12/20/episode-88-lady-of-the-lake/



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Dec 18, 2017
Mini Episode: Birthday Festivities
23:26

The Egyptian Religious Year (12/12): Birthdays of the Gods.


The end of the year in ancient Egypt was a surprisingly unlucky time. With summer heat at unbearable levels, the Nile at its lowest ebb, and people suffering from physical or spiritual malaise, the final days of the religious year were not so happy. Fortunately, the ancients had some tools to ward off disaster.


Music by Keith Zizza http://www.keithzizza.com/

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Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/01/14/mini-episode-birthday-festivities/



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Dec 04, 2017
87: Comforts of Power
1:14:43

Thutmose IV (Part 2): The Entire Reign at Once.


From 1418 - 1400 BCE, Men-kheperu-Re Thutmose IV ruled Egypt with skill and expertise. It helped that the women in his life were equally capable and influential. The collaboration between King and Queen(s) makes for a fascinating reign...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Additional music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com/


Images and bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/11/28/episode-87-comforts-of-power/



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Nov 27, 2017
86: Doing God's Work
0:30

Thutmose IV (Part 1): Old Enemies Become New Friends.


1418 - 1416 BCE. The new pharaoh spends his first two years involved in political reprisals and military actions. He removes rivals, but also makes friends with some longstanding enemies...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Nov 13, 2017
85: A Clash of Princes
36:28

Interlude: Two Princes Clash.


In 1418 BCE, Egypt momentarily lacks a pharaoh. Two sons of the crown go head to head, in a duel to be the next ruler. Who wins? Only the Sphinx knows...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Bibliography at http://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/11/09/episode-85-a-clash-of-princes/



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Nov 06, 2017
Mini Episode: Flower Festivities
28:46

The Religious Year (Parts 10-11): the Egyptian Day of the Dead.


In the 10th month of the year, Egyptians celebrated the "Beautiful Festival of the Valley," a grand affair similar to today's Day of the Dead or Qingming celebrations.


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Additional Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/12/13/mini-episode-flower-festivities/



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Oct 30, 2017
Assassin's Creed Origins: Egyptological Impressions
19:57

Assassin's Creed Origins sees video-game players visiting ancient Egypt (c.50 BCE). From the desert oases to the city of Alexandria, the Faiyum to the Pyramids, you can now explore a fully-realised version of ancient Egypt.


But how does the game play, and is it historical enough? Today I explore some of the history behind it, and what the game does right.


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Oct 23, 2017
84b: Into the Tomb
46:11

Amunhotep II (Part 7): Remarkable Discoveries in a Royal Tomb.


Around 1440 BCE, Egyptians were carving the burial monument of Amunhotep II in the Valley of the Kings. In 1898 CE, a group of excavators were uncovering the edifice once more. In a dual narrative, we explore the design, construction and discovery of a most remarkable tomb...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Additional Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/10/18/2597/



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Oct 16, 2017
84: The Bald Falcon
32:16

Amunhotep II (Part 6): Finding an Heir.


Around 1420 BCE, Amunhotep II comes to the end of his days. We explore his family life, what we know about the man himself, and try to get a handle on his legacy...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/10/03/episode-84-the-bald-falcon/

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Oct 02, 2017
83: The Brat Pack
33:20

Amunhotep II (Part 5): How to Make Friends and Rule the Nile Valley.


The pharaoh Amunhotep II has a reputation for cronyism: he put his childhood friends into positions of power, and removed trusted officials from office at a whim. Does he deserve this reputation? We go in search of an answer, exploring the lives of some noteworthy men who rose to prominence in this time...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Sep 11, 2017
Mini Episode: Onion Festivities
15:54

The Religious Year (Parts 8-9): Onions for Bastet.


Months 8 and 9 were big on drinking and eating, with some strange rituals to go along with them. We meet Bastet (the cat) and Renen-utet (the snake), two goddesses who were friends to farmers. As the harvest season began, all looked towards the growth of the fields...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/10/10/mini-episode-onion-festivities/



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Sep 04, 2017
82: That Which Is In The Underworld
34:22

Interlude: A Royal Journey Through the Underworld


Rulers of the 18th Dynasty decorated their tombs with lavish images of the underworld, which we know as the Duat. These scenes, and texts, reveal a complex story of Re's journey beneath the western horizon, through the nether, and ultimately into a cosmic re-birth. Along the way he crossed waters and deserts, faced demons and monsters, and even met with his own corpse...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Images and Bibliography https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/08/27/episode-82-that-which-is-in-the-underworld/



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Aug 28, 2017
81: The Book of the Dead
33:37
The Ultimate Underworld Story. The Book of the Dead might be the most famous piece of writing from ancient Egypt. It is also one of the most misunderstood... Around 1420 BCE, a royal architect commissioned a book for his tomb. This text is one of the best preserved Books of the Dead from the mid-18th Dynasty. From its unrolled pages, we can explore the journey into the underworld, as experienced by a non-royal Egyptian. Note: This episode functions as an introduction to the Book of the Dead. As we move forward through the centuries, we will revisit the text to see new developments and additions. Music by Jeffrey Goodman www.shelterofclearlight.com/, Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

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Aug 07, 2017
Mini Episode: Festivities of Heat
19:53

The Religious Year (Parts 6-7): The False Summer.


In the months of "Great Heat" and "Small Heat," Egyptians celebrated some very important festivals. Mid-winter had passed, and it was time to bring life back to the cosmos. Along the way, the Egyptians celebrated the gods Anubis, Amun-Re, and a deified Pharaoh...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/08/07/mini-episode-festivities-of-heat/



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Jul 31, 2017
80: Servant of Great Gods
22:52

Amunhotep II (Part 4): Worshiping the Sphinx.


Before he became king, Amunhotep II made a promise to embellish and restore monuments on the Giza Plateau. Once Pharaoh, he fulfilled his promise beautifully. As he did so, he introduced a new chapter in Egypt's religious history...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Jul 30, 2017
79: Let My People Go
1:36:07

Amunhotep II (Part 3): Slavery and the Bible.


In 1435 BCE, King Amunhotep II led a devastating war in Syria. He took thousands of captives, and transported them to Egypt by force. Once there, they became captive-workers of the Egyptian elite. Was this the historical inspiration for the Biblical "Captivity"? We go in search of answers...


Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

Additional Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/07/16/episode-79-let-my-people-go/

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Jul 17, 2017
78: The Duties of the Vizier
24:35

Amunhotep II (Part 2): The Pharaoh's Aide.


In 1440 BCE, a servant of Pharaoh inscribed his tomb with a remarkable text detailing every aspect of his job. What was life like, for one of Egypt's most important officials?


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/06/18/episode-77-the-duties-of-the-vizier/



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Jun 18, 2017
Mini Episode: Banquet Festivities
14:01

The Religious Year (Part 5): Worshipping Snakes and Cats.


The fifth month was an interesting one, involving worship of snakes, and cats sailing down the Nile. Major gods of this month include Neheb-Kau, Bastet, Shesmet-et, Wadjet and Mut. We meet a few of these strange deities and see why snakes and cats went hand-in-hand...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/06/03/mini-episode-banquet-festivities/



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Jun 05, 2017
77: Lean and Swift
33:44

Amunhotep II (Part 1): The Sportsman King.


From 1459 to 1440 BCE, the prince Amunhotep II enjoyed a privileged upbringing. Once he ascended to power, he displayed his prowess to all and sundry. From the battlefield to the sports field, Amunhotep set out to make his name...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/05/31/episode-77-lean-and-swift/



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May 29, 2017
76: 54 Years of Splendour
1:07:00

Thutmose III (Part 10): The End of a Mighty Reign.


From 1450 to 1441, Thutmose lived out the last nine years of his reign. He commanded one last expedition; oversaw building projects, and brought his tomb to completion. Finally, he had to prepare for the succession, and his own inevitable death...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/05/15/episode-76-54-years-of-splendour/


Correction: at 48:10, I refer to the date of Amunhotep II's co-regency as 1441. This should be 1444 BCE.



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May 15, 2017
Mini Episode: Khoiak Festivities
19:51

The Religious Year (Part 4): Hathor and Osiris.


In the fourth month of the year, the Egyptians celebrated the end of the Nile flood (Akhet). With grand ceremonies to Hathor, Osiris and the god Sokar, they brought the first season of the year to a close.


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/04/29/mini-episode-khoiak-festivities/



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Apr 29, 2017
75: Thutmose Triumphant
1:15:41

Thutmose III (Part 9): Home and Propaganda.


From 1455-1450 BCE, Thutmose spent much of his time involved in domestic affairs. Unfortunately, this involved some very harsh policies towards his immediate predecessor...


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Apr 24, 2017
74: War Stories
49:11

Thutmose III (Part 8): The Final Campaigns.


After 20+ years of near-annual campaigning, Thutmose III finally came to the end of his military career. We explore the last ten years of this process in one sweep: successes (and failures) abound...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/04/05/episode-74-war-stories/


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Apr 03, 2017
Mini Episode: Hathor Festivities
11:56

The religious year (Part 3): Worshipping Hathor.


The month of Hathor saw a concentrated effort on renewing fertility energies in the natural world. Festivals to the male god of sexual energy, and the widow and sister of Osiris dominated the time.


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/03/31/mini-episode-hathor-festivities/

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Mar 31, 2017
73: The Three Princesses
45:00

Thutmose III (Part 7): Diplomatic Marriage.


After the brilliant campaign of year 33, Thutmose enjoys a period of peace and plenty. Foreign powers seek accommodation with the Egyptians, and this manifests in a series of remarkable diplomatic engagements...


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Mar 13, 2017
Mini Episode: Opet Festivities
18:06

The Religious Year (Part 2): Worshipping Osiris.


In the month of Pa-Opet ("Phaophi") the Egyptians continued their long re-enactment of the myth of Osiris. They also celebrated a huge festival in honour of the Pharaoh. And they mummifed a bunch of rams, for some reason...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/02/26/mini-episode-opet-festivities/



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Feb 24, 2017
72: The Home Front (Letters to Ahmose)
38:10

Interlude: Busy Lives at Thebes.


Personal correspondence is an exciting find for Egyptologists. It's even more wonderful when the letters come together to form a cohesive group, all related to one person. Come meet Ahmose, a letter writer from ancient Egypt...


Images and bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/02/20/episode-72-the-home-front-letters-to-ahmose/



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Feb 20, 2017
71: Thirty-Two and Thirty
25:48

Thutmose III (Part 6): The Sed-Festival.


Three years before the Mitanni Campaign (Episode 70), Thutmose celebrated his first jubilee. To do that, he needed a new monument, a few gods, and the ancient equivalent of a baseball bat...


Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/02/06/episode-71-thirty-two-and-thirty/



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Feb 06, 2017
Mini Episode: Inauguration Day
23:26

Inauguration: Choosing and Crowning an Egyptian Ruler.


A shameless tie-in with current events: we explore the way a ruler of Egypt was chosen and crowned, which could be more complicated than you might expect...


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Jan 23, 2017
Mini Episode: The First Pharaohs
11:19

Question: What does "Pharaoh" mean?


A quick look at the word "Pharaoh:" what it means, how it came about, and why I very rarely use it in the Podcast (until now).


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Jan 16, 2017
Mini Episode: New Years Festivities
21:42

The Religious Year (Part 1): New Year.


Welcome to a new series detailing the Egyptians' religious year, the major events and the gods they celebrated. Month number one was called "Tekh," and it heralded several important rituals. There were festivals of the Nile Flood (Hapi), festivals of the blessed dead (Wagy-and-Thoth), and the beginning of a multi-month re-enactment of the legends of the god Osiris. The Egyptians got up to all kinds of shenanigans...


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Jan 09, 2017
Patreon!
3:01

The Podcast is growing! I now have a Patreon page. Join up to access some great perks, and a special introductory giveaway!

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Dec 31, 2016
70: The Napoleon of Egypt
55:15

Thutmose's Greatest Campaign. In 1462 BCE, approximately, King Men-kheperu-Re Thutmose III led his most daring campaign. He travelled far from Egypt to attack the heartland of Egypt's enemy, the Mitanni. What followed was one of the standout moves in ancient military history... Date c.1462 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com; get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast





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Dec 30, 2016
69: North by Northwest
1:01:30
Foreign Lands, Foreign Peoples. We take a break from the reign of Thutmose III to meet some of Egypt's neighbours. The people of Crete (Keftiu), Cyprus (Alashiya), and Byblos (Kupna / Gubla) made significant contributions to their world. We meet some of them. Oh, and there's a goofy poem at the end... Date. 1465 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

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Dec 19, 2016
68b: Deception at Joppa
30:58
The Marvellous Tricks of General Djehuty. Sometime in the reign of Thutmose III, a siege took place at Joppa (Tel Aviv). The were starving their enemy out, when an unusual opportunity presented itself. Thinking quickly, the wily general made a cunning plan... Date c. 1465 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

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Dec 05, 2016
68: Campaigns of Victory
29:03
Submissions and Settlements. After his victory at Megiddo, King Thutmose III began to organise his new conquests. The lands of Canaan and Syria were transformed, as the Egyptians built a network of garrisons, supply depots, and fortresses. Step-by-step, they built their military capability and their empire... Date c.1470 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Nov 28, 2016
67b: The Battle of Megiddo (A Dramatic Reading)
22:29
A royal drama. In this episode, we replay the "official account" of Thutmose III's great victory at Megiddo. Drawing on the King's own proclamations, and using the voices of some other podcasters, we bring the story to life... Date c.1473 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, dramatic readings provided by Elias Belhaddad (The History of Islam), Ben Jacobs (Wittenberg to Westphalia), Travis J Dow (History of Germany), Steve Guerra (History of the Papacy), Thomas Daly (American Biography), David Crowther (The History of England), Erik Fogg (ReConsider). Bibliography and Images at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

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Nov 16, 2016
67: Armageddon
38:17
A Mighty Victory. Around 1473 BCE, Thutmose III faced a rebellion, when enemies in Canaan gathered to oppose him. The King of Egypt had a choice: destroy his foes, or risk losing the empire. Battle, chaos, and Monty Python ensued... Date c. 1473 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com,

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Nov 09, 2016
Mini-Episode: An Egyptian Horror Story
23:35
Ghost Stories of Ancient Egypt (Halloween Edition). In this episode we explore three tales of the ancient macabre: a ghostly visitation; some scoundrels petrified by their encounters with the gods; and the "Ancient Egyptian Guide to When Your Dreams Are Trying to Kill You." They're horror stories, Egyptian style! www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Oct 29, 2016
66: An Awkward Transition
39:47
Hatshepsut's Last Years. After a long life and successful reign, Ma'at-Ka-Re Hatshepsut died. We wrap up her story, review her legacy, and review some standout events. Plus, we dig into the mystery of her tomb. Do we have Hatshepsut's mummy? There are many questions... Date c.1473 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Oct 17, 2016
65c: Little King Thutmose
27:24
The prince Thutmose III. It's time to catch-up with the "other" King of Egypt. Thutmose III, still young, spent his early years in the palace, learning the arts of rule. He learned religious rituals, literacy, and skills in fighting. In this episode, we explore the young King's life through two institutions: the army and the royal palace "harem." Date c.1480 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Oct 03, 2016
65b: Two Texts of Hatshepsut
45:30
The Punt Expedition and the Speos Artemidos. We take a short break from the narrative, to explore two important texts from Hatshepsut's reign. These are the records of the Punt Expedition, and a propaganda text from the Speos Artemidos, a temple in middle Egypt. Guest vocals by Anya Banerjee. Date c.1480 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Sep 19, 2016
65: Hatshepsut of Millions of Years
1:05:29

A Sed-Festival. By 1485 BCE, Hatshepsut's subjects were bustling to prepare her grand jubilee. The sed-festival, held in year 16, celebrated an anniversary. But, an anniversary of what, exactly? Date c.1485 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast





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Sep 12, 2016
64: Beloved Uncle
39:32
Hatshepsut's Trusted Advisor. As Hatshepsut's power grew, so did that of Senenmut. A royal courtier, Senenmut found his career accelerating in tandem with the new King. In this episode, we follow Senenmut from his early upbringing to the corridors of power, and his victory over his rivals... Date c.1495-1485 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Aug 15, 2016
63: Hatshepsut's Excellent Adventure
31:47
The Great Expedition to Punt. In 1488 BCE, King Hatshepsut launched her most famous project. A fleet of ships sailed down the Red Sea coast, in order to visit the land of Punt. There, they gathered trade goods, and met some truly fascinating locals... Date c.1488 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Aug 01, 2016
62b: The Divine Birth of Hatshepsut
18:39
Amun Creates Hatshepsut. In a short break, we explore the tale Hatshepsut told about her origins. She ascribed her creation and birth to the King of the Gods, Amun-Ra himself. In this dramatic recount, we go through the whole story (as it survives). Date c.1520 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Jul 12, 2016
62: Holy of Holies
28:57
Hatshepsut, King of Egypt. In 1488 BCE, Hatshepsut made her most daring move. She pushed her newphew (Thutmose III) to one side and proclaimed herself King of Upper and Lower Egypt. At a stroke, Egypt had two kings, ruling at once... Date c.1488 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Jul 11, 2016
61: The Two Lands Serve Her
18:05

Hatshepsut (Part 1): Gathering Power. For the first five years of her rule, Hatshepsut was (officially) a caretaker for the throne. But power inevitably gathered around the powerful woman, and she knew it...


Date c.1495 - 1490 BCE

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Jun 13, 2016
60: Thutmosid Family Values
29:43
Introducing Hatshepsut. For a decade or more, King Thutmose I ruled a stable kingdom. Unfortunately, this king gets overshadowed by his daughter, whom he may have groomed for power... Dates c.1519 - 1505 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Jun 06, 2016
59: The Song of Thutmose
25:59

Terrible deeds... and great. In his first few years King Thutmose I led campaigns, managed his household, and commissioned his royal tomb. He launched a campaign into Nubia, pursuing conquest and booty. Unfortunately, his methods were rather horrific... Date c.1515 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

 



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May 23, 2016
58: The Great Turnaround
35:45
Conquering Syria. Around 1519 BCE a new King came to power. Thutmose I (Aa-kheper-ka-Re) immediately began securing his rule. He married a cousin (or sister) of his predecessor, then launched two military campaigns. In the process he travelled further than any ruler had done before... Date c.1519 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast.  

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Apr 25, 2016
57: All Things Good and Pure
1:02:39
Amunhotep I and the Splendour of Thebes. The podcast returns from hiatus, following the death of a close family member. Around 1530 BCE, King Ahmose I died and Amunhotep I came to power. At this time, the city of Waset (Thebes) was beginning to gain wealth and prominence, thanks to the exploits of its military. Prosperity grew and non-royal tombs show a growing sense of vitality... Date c.1530 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Apr 11, 2016
Mini-Episode: Dancers for God
12:30

Interlude: Dance the Magic Dance!


Egyptians had many festivals, and they celebrated these with great energy. Whether it was dancing for a wealthy hostess, or leaping over charging bulls, or just getting totally drunk at a festival, the Egyptians did it all...


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Jan 01, 2016
56c: A Royal Funeral
21:27
How to Bury a King. Around 1530 BCE, King Ahmose I died. With his death and burial, the Second Intermediate Period ended and the New Kingdom began. We explore the funeral of a truly great monarch... Date c. 1530 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Dec 21, 2015
56b: Restoring Splendour
38:48
A Kingdom Resurgent. Around 1540 BCE, the warriors of Thebes (Waset) were chasing their enemies. King Ahmose I and his soldiers pursued the Hyksos, straining to reach that ultimate victory, and re-unify The Two Lands. Date c. 1540 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Dec 07, 2015
56: The Return of the King
33:59
Warfare Along the Nile. Around 1550 BCE, the young King Ahmose I was pursuing battle against the enemy Hyksos. The King and his mother, Ahhotep, pummeled their foes mercilessly. But they also took time to raise friends to high places... Date c.1550 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

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Nov 23, 2015
Introducing: The New Kingdom
3:43
Historical Phase number 3... We are now entering the New Kingdom. What does this mean? Well, that's kind of a big question www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Nov 13, 2015
Episode 55: Blood and Thunder
25:00

Second Intermediate Period (Part 4): Catastrophe.


In 1560 BCE, Seqenenre Tao was dead. Killed in battle, the king's body lay on the field, beaten and bloody. Now, the task of ruling Thebes fell to Seqenenre's wife, the formidable Queen Ah-Hotep. She kept Thebes together, helping to maintain its unity in the face of defeat...


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Nov 09, 2015
Mini: The Brutal Death of Seqenenre Ta'a
22:35
Crime Scene Investigation. Around 1600 BCE the King of Southern Egypt, Seqen-en-re Ta’a died. His end was violent and bloody. The king was a victim of (anonymous) foes, who tied him up and executed him. The full circumstances of this event are coming to light with new research. Today, we dig into recent studies on the event and its larger context… www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com. Read the new study of Seqenenre's mummy at https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmed.2021.637527  

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Nov 02, 2015
Episode 54: The Three Kingdoms
30:05

Second Intermediate Period (Part 3): Resistance!


Around 1560 BCE the Hyksos were supreme over Egypt. Along with their allies (the Nubians of Kerma), the Hyksos dominated half of the country. Down in the southern regions, the kings of Dynasty 16 struggled to hold their territory...


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Oct 19, 2015
Episode 53: Rulers of Foreign Lands
26:04

Second Intermediate Period (Part 2): Invaders!


Around 1650 BCE, the 13th Dynasty crumbled away. Foreigners moving into Egypt over previous centuries now consolidated their power. Or was it an invasion?


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Sep 28, 2015
Episode 52: Two Dynasties at Once
24:11

Second Intermediate Period (Part 1): Collapse!


Around 1700 BCE, disaster struck the land of Egypt. A famine and a plague swept through the land, devastating society and reducing the 13th Dynasty to a shadow. Unable to rely on royal aid, foreigners in the North began to break away into their own kingdom...


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Sep 14, 2015
Episode 51: Everywhere and Nowhere
32:28

Dynasty 13: Invisible Kings.


From 1770 to 1700, the 13th Dynasty produced a vast number of kings, but we know almost nothing about them. Why?


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Aug 31, 2015
Episode 50: Between Two Worlds
26:54

Dynasty 12: A Woman King.


Around 1776 BCE, the 12th Dynasty was dwindled away. Before it vanished, it produced one last remarkable figure. Please welcome Neferu-Sobek, a woman ruling as a King...


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Jul 27, 2015
Episode 49: From One Era to Another
31:48
Dynasty 12: Foreign Settlements. King Amenemhat IV came to power around 1798 BCE. His reign was unremarkable, but big things were happening around Egypt. In this episode, we explore the growing evidence for Canaanite peoples coming to Egypt and settling in large numbers. Date c.1798 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jul 13, 2015
Episode 48: End of an Era
39:32
A Last Flowering. King Amen-em-hat III (aka Ny-ma'at-Re) was the last "great" ruler of Dynasty 12. Over forty-six years in power, he would achieve significant things for his royal household. Unfortunately, cracks were beginning to appear in Egypt's kingdom... Date c.1845 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Jun 01, 2015
Episode 47: Strong Ruler(s)
37:10
Ancient Egyptian Gossip. Around 1845 BCE, the reign of Senuseret III drew to its close. But the transition from one king to another was not entirely smooth. Senuseret had to plan ahead, and make provisions for his death... Date c. 1845 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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May 04, 2015
Episode 46: Crushing Our Enemies
30:17

Senuseret III (Part 4): Decimations.


Around 1864 BCE, King Senuseret III launched a new campaign into Nubia. Along the way, he built new fortresses and took many captives. Meanwhile, Egyptians begin practising a rather novel way of destroying their enemies...


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Apr 06, 2015
45: The Book of Two Ways
33:29
The Coffin Texts. Around 1867 BCE, the nobles were taking a greater share in the economy than ever before. This "flowering" of elite culture produced some wonderful works: ornately decorated coffins, painted with spells, hymns, and even stories connected with the underworld of Osiris... https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Mar 23, 2015
Episode 44: The Shipwrecked Sailor
46:18
Interlude: A Tale of the Sea. Sometime during the Twelfth Dynasty, a folk-tale was composed (or became popular) that would echo through the ages as one of Egypt’s most enduring tales... https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Mar 02, 2015
Mini Episode: Happy Valentines
15:00

Ancient Egyptian Love Songs.


Ancient Egyptian love songs are passionate (even erotic). This episode may not be suitable for children. But these poems are lively, full of excitement, and descriptive indeed...


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Feb 16, 2015
43: Dominion Over All
28:39
Society and Death. Around 1872 BCE, King Senuseret III (Kha-Kau-Re) was powerful and secure. The wealthy nobles of the kingdom began to respond to this power... Date c. 1880 - 1870 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Feb 09, 2015
42: Underworld
18:31
A Secret Tomb. Around 1880 BCE, one of Egypt's most successful rulers took the throne. Sen-Useret III was a mighty and influential King, who would enjoy a lasting legacy of power, justice, and splendour... Date c.1880 - 1860 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jan 19, 2015
41: The Oasis
31:36
The Lake Pyramid. Around 1892 BCE, a new ruler came to power. His name was Sen-Useret II, and while he did not rule long, this king had a big impact on his dynasty... Date c. 1890 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jan 05, 2015
40: Feasting, Laughing and Dancing
25:26
Interlude: How the Egyptians Celebrated.From beer halls to temples to cemeteries, this episode explores Egyptian revelry. We focus on two major festivals: the raucous celebrations for Hathor, and the sombre re-enactment of the Osiris story... https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Dec 01, 2014
39: The Wealth of Asia
28:36
Fabulous Wealth. Around 1920 BCE, Egypt's royal household was prospering. Trade brought wealth from foreign lands, and many exotic goods found their way into royal and non-royal caches. Some of these treasures survive, and have been recovered by archaeologists... Date c. 1920 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Nov 24, 2014
38: Burial Rites
25:42
International Fame. Around 1927 BCE, King Nub-kau-Re Amenemhat II came to power. His reign was peaceful and prosperous, and many treasures emerge from this period... Date c. 1927 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Nov 10, 2014
37: Imperial Projects
24:10
Money Money Honey. Gold drives empires today, and the ancient Egyptians were no different. Senuseret I sends warriors into Nubia, the Sinai Peninsula and the Eastern Desert. They go in search of precious metals, resources needed for the King's monuments...Date c. 1960 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Oct 20, 2014
36: The White Chapel
23:25
Creating Karnak Temple. The temple of Karnak is a wonder of the world; but its origins are mostly lost, beneath generations of re-modelling and re-building. Nevertheless, a few traces survive of the earliest days; among them, a magnificent monument of King Senuseret I... Date c.1950 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Oct 06, 2014
35: From Father to Son
19:45
Teachings from the Father. Around 1962 BCE, King Sen-Useret I came to power. His father was dead, assassinated by his own royal guards. Now, the new ruler had to figure things out. Fortunately, Senuseret had some "teachings" from his father. What a coincidence, right? Date c.1962 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Sep 22, 2014
34: Night of the Long Knives
42:44
The Tale of Sinuhe. Around 1962 BCE, conspirators broke into the royal bedchamber and attacked King Amenemhat in his bed. The result was panic. The king's son Senuseret was far from home, and the situation was incredibly perilous. In the midst of this, a minor official named Sinuhe got caught up in the storm, and decided to flee for his life. Thereby hangs a tale... Date c. 1960 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Sep 08, 2014
33: Revivals and Regencies
26:06
Father and Son. Around 1985 BCE, King Amenemhat I ruled with skill and sense. His reign was a time of new developments, epitomised in the foundation of a new capital city. Strangely, the King decided to name his new capital "Seizing the Two Lands." Date c. 1985 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Aug 18, 2014
32: The Repeating of Births
24:42
A Self-Made King. Around 1990 BCE, a new King took power. His name was Amun-em-Hat (aka Amenemhat I). First things first, he had to justify his unusual accession... Date c.1990 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jul 28, 2014
31: Seven Empty Years
22:43
A Forgotten King. At the end of Dynasty 11, there is a "gap" in the royal king list. The Turin Canon records the seven years of Montuhotep IV as a time when "no king reigned." On top of this, no royal images or records survive from his reign. Who is this man, and why is he lost?... Date c.1995 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jun 30, 2014
30: Smooth Sailing on the Red Sea
22:45
A short but successful reign. Around 2010 BCE the great king Montu-Hotep II died. His son and heir, Montuhotep III, now came to power. This new king only ruled a few years but he achieved some noteworthy things, including a visit to Punt... Date c. 2010 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jun 16, 2014
29: The War God
19:23
The Southern War. Around 2020 BCE, King Montuhotep II was secure in his power. He could now lead military campaigns in Wawat and Kush, the region historians call Nubia or Sudan. He also went east into the deserts, and north to Canaan, pushing Egyptian authority abroad... Date c. 2020 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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May 19, 2014
28: The King in the North
21:42
A King and His Court. By 2020 BCE, Montu-Hotep II had established himself as King of Upper and Lower Egypt. But, would he be able to keep his power, in the wake of challenges? Date c. 2020 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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May 05, 2014
27: A Walk in the Desert
22:09
Mighty in Thebes. Around 2040 BCE, a new King unified Egypt and brought the country some stability. His name was Neb-hepet-Re Montu-Hotep ("Montu is Satisfied"), and he would be a mighty ruler indeed. To celebrate his victory, the new ruler commissioned beautiful monuments, in the city of his ancestors... Date c.2020 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Apr 21, 2014
Introducing: The Middle Kingdom
3:20
Historical Phase number 2... A quick primer for the Middle Kingdom, the period which saw prosperity return to Egypt and cultural achievements reach some amazing heights. Let me introduce the new phase, and what our story will involve... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Apr 14, 2014
Episode 26: The Fire Rises
30:02
Khety vs Intef. Around 2070 BCE, Egypt was gripped by conflict. It was time for a showdown between the two families, Khety and Intef, that claimed dominion over the land. The conflict was heating up and battle soon began... Date c.2070 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Apr 07, 2014
Episode 25: A Fire in the South
26:13
A Kingdom Divided. By 2080 BCE, Egypt was split between two warring households. In the north, the "House of Khety" held sway over many towns. In the south, the "House of Intef" ruled the narrow valley. Both houses sought to rule the whole land, and they would fight for the privilege. In the midst of this chaos, a mayor named Ankh-Tyfy did his best to govern his community... Date c.2080 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Mar 17, 2014
Episode 24: Lamentations
28:49
End of the Old Kingdom. Around 2215 BCE, King Pepy II was dead. In his wake the Sixth Dynasty came to its end, and a series of short-lived rulers followed through Dynasties 7 and 8. Eventually, the Old Kingdom as a concept faded away. What happened, and why? There are many reasons for this process, including political instability, economic collapse, and climate change... Date c. 2215 - 2100 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com. Logo Image: Ernesto Graf, from Wikimedia CC BY-SA https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dashur_and_South-Saqqara_pyramids.jpg

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Mar 03, 2014
Episode 23: Children of Pepy
25:06
A Long, Long Reign. King Pepy ruled more than sixty years, by some estimates. In his later years, this long reign was becoming an issue. The aging monarch was losing influence, and his children were dying before he did... Date c. 2240 - 2220 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Dec 30, 2013
Episode 22: Pepy Lives
19:07
Ruling the World. King Pepy ruled long and his authority reached far and wide. To understand Egyptian society in this period, we must meet the important families (nobility) who served Pepy, and see how their actions shape our understanding of history... Date c.2260 - 2240 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Logo image: Miniature Brewing Vat, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/543893

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Nov 04, 2013
Episode 21: The Excited Child
19:58
The Child King. Around 2285 BCE, a new ruler came to power. King Pepy II was a little boy, just six years old. His reign would be one of the longest, and most impactful, in the Old Kingdom... Date c.2285 - 2260 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Oct 21, 2013
Episode 20: Expeditions and Explorers
21:29
The Great Explorer. Around 2300 BCE, King Pepy I died. His successor was a man named Mer-en-Re ("Beloved of Re"). In this period, the explorer Weni the Elder continued his travels, now going far south into Sudan on missions for the King... Date c.2300 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Oct 07, 2013
Episode 19: The Beloved of Re, Pepy
30:44
Power shifts. Around 2355 BCE, King Pepy I came to power. The new king had trouble establishing his authority, and he had to deal with the effects of his predecessor Teti's murder. Along the way, Pepy even had to deal with a conspiracy against himself... Date c. 2550 - 2540 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Sep 23, 2013
Episode 18: The Guards Themselves
26:47
Who Watches the Watchmen? Around 2355 BCE, King Teti died. Legend tells us that the king was murdered by members of his own family. If this is true, it is the first time in Egyptian history that we hear about royal assassination. Of course, there are many questions about what happened... Date c.2350 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Sep 09, 2013
Episode 17: A New Era
31:31
A new beginning. Around 2380 BCE, King Teti inaugurated the Sixth Dynasty of Egyptian rulers. Teti married into the royal family and began a new (male) bloodline. This period was creatively fertile, producing famous works like the Wisdom Texts of Ptah-Hotep and Ka-Gemni... Date c.2380 - 2360 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Aug 19, 2013
Interview: Alcohol and Economics (with Prof. Leslie Anne Warden)
51:30
Beer, Bread and Pharaoh's Power. Recorded 2019. My guest today is Prof. Leslie Anne Warden, Associate Professor of art history and archaeology at Roanoke College in Virginia, USA. An insightful scholar, Prof. Warden is here to share her investigations into the world of ancient economics, particularly how beer and bread can reveal the inner-workings of Egyptian society. From ceramics to experiments in brewing, Prof. Warden provides a detailed and thoughtful view on the world of the Nile Valley. Look: Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt, 2013; University profile, Academia.edu. https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Aug 12, 2013
Episode 16: An Indestructible Spirit
39:17
Unas the Cannibal. Around 2410 BCE, a new trend began in royal pyramid building. King Unas initiated something unusual when he introduced hieroglyphic texts to the burial chamber of his pyramid. These Pyramid Texts are a vast and fascinating body of work. In this episode, we dip our toes into this material, and even see evidence for divine cannibalism... Date c.2410 - 2380 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Aug 05, 2013
Episode 15: The Enduring Ka
29:55
New Ideas. Around 2440 BCE, a new king came to power. King Djed-ka-Re ("The Spirit of Re Endures") was an effective ruler, who reformed the government and left a rich artistic and written record... Date c. 2440 - 2410 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Logo Photo by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin via Wikimedia Creative Commons License (cropped and increased contrast) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Part_of_a_door_jamb_showing_the_cartouche_of_Djedkare_Isesi._From_the_Sun_Temple_of_Nyuserre_Ini_at_Abu_Gurob,_Egypt._c._2430_BCE._Neues_Museum.jpg

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Jul 22, 2013
Episode 14: The Joy of Re's Heart
31:35
An Uphill Battle. The reign of King Ny-user-Re was not a bed of lotuses. After a rocky start, the young ruler worked to make his household and kingdom prosperous. We see this trend in a flowering of artistic and written culture... Date c.2445 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Jul 08, 2013
Episode 13: The Hairdressers Cometh
31:01
I Got You, Fam. After a series of short reigns, King Ny-User-Re came to power and brought some much-needed stability. In his long reign, Niuserre strengthened the power of his government and household. Many records survive from this period, like fascinating tales of the King's hairdressers... Date c.2455 - 2440 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Jun 24, 2013
Episode 12: I Make the Soul Beautiful
27:07
Quick Successions. After the death of Sahure, multiple kings came and went in a short span of time. In this episode, we follow the reigns of Nefer-ir-ka-Re ("Making the Soul of Re Beautiful") and Ra-nefer-ef. This period is murky, but we will get through it. Oh, and another powerful queen shows up to manage affairs... Date c.2570 - 2555 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Jun 10, 2013
Episode 11: Off To Punt We Go
13:42
The Great Fleet. Around 2585 BCE, King Userkaf died and passed the throne to his son, Sahure ("One Who is Close to Re"). At this point, Egyptians launched the first (recorded) expedition to Punt. This mysterious land, somewhere near Ethiopia, Somalia or Yemen, was a major destination for trade. Sahure commemorated the event lavishly... Date c.2580 - 2570 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Apr 29, 2013
Episode 10: A Temple To The Sun
32:00

Dynasty 5: A New Temple.


Around 2494 BCE, the 5th Dynasty began under Khenty-Kaus I and her son User-Kaf. A new household was in power: rulers who had some interesting ideas about what to do with the kingship, and religion...


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Apr 15, 2013
Episode 9: She Is Foremost
19:34

King but not a King. Around 2500 BCE, King Menkaure died without an heir. His sister Khenty-Kau-es ("She is Foremost") stepped into the vacuum and governed the state on behalf of her young son, Shepses-ka-ef. This was an interesting period, with a lasting impact on royal power... Date c. 2500 - 2490 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com




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Apr 01, 2013
Episode 8: That Which I Own
20:28
Menkaure and the Egyptian Economy. Around 2520 BCE, King Khaf-Re died and his son Men-Kau-Re took power. Menkaure ("The Spirit of Re Endures") oversaw a more modest phase of pyramid building. His monument at Giza was the smallest pyramid yet. Were all of these pyramids straining the economy? We investigate a social structure very different from our own... Date c.2520 - 2500 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Mar 18, 2013
Episode 7: He Appears Like the Sun
36:22
The Great Sphinx (and others). After Khufu died, the throne passed to Djed-ef-Ra, and then to Khaf-Re ("He Appears Like Re"). The latter king would be famous, for in his time the monument we call the Great Sphinx came into existence... Date c.2550 - 2520 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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Mar 04, 2013
Mini Episode: Tales of Wonder
26:51
Magic and Prophecy. In this mini episode, we recount stories that the Egyptians told. Stories set in the reign of Khufu and his father Sneferu. Date c.2620 - 2550 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Feb 18, 2013
Episode 6: The Ram-God Protects Him
30:09
Khufu and the Great Pyramid. Around 2580 BCE, King Khnum-Khufu ("Khnum Protects Me") came to power. His reign lasted more than 25 years, and over this quarter century, Egyptians would build the largest pyramid in history... Date c. 2580 - 2550 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Feb 04, 2013
Episode 5: One Who Makes Beautiful Things
1:00:37
The Wonders of Sneferu. At the beginning of Egypt's "Fourth Dynasty," King Sneferu started a golden age of pyramid-building. Over many years, the King's architects and labourers designed three magnificent monuments, eventually culminating in the first "true" pyramid. Date c.2620 - 2580 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

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Jan 28, 2013
Episode 4: The Sacred Ones
42:08

As Egypt's "Third Dynasty" began, a new monument took shape. King Netjerykhet Djoser and his architect, Imhotep, created something unusual. The Step Pyramid rose on the western horizon, ushering in a new era of monument building...


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Jan 26, 2013
Interlude: Infinite Waters
18:21
Atum Creates the Universe. The stories of how ancient Egypt (and the world) came into existence are beautiful. In this episode, we explore three Creation myths: the tale of Atum and the primeval Ocean; the tale of Ptah and the divine word; and the story of the Ogdoad, the Council of Eight Gods. Each tale gives its own spin on the origins of life, the universe, and everything... Date c.4.5 billion years ago - 10,000 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

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