Mini Episode: Opet Festivities

The Religious Year (2/12). 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… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The processional way from Karnak (top, off-screen) to…

Episode 72: The Home Front (Letters to Ahmose)

Personal Correspondence in Early New Kingdom Thebes Letters are a rare and exciting find for Egyptologists. Especially when they’re intact; and especially when there’s a number of them all concerning the same individual. By a miracle of preservation, a corpus of letters survive from Thebes c.1480 BCE. These letters were sent to (and from) a single…

News From the Field 2

February 2017. There have been some exciting discoveries in the recent archaeological season! We find out what they were. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Children’s footprints in mortar, Qantir (Ahram.org) Entrance to the tomb of Khonsu, discovered at Luxor (Luxor Times) The legs that may belong to Queen Nefertari (LiveScience) Sources: Ahram.org – ‘Monumental’ Building…

Episode 71: Thirty-Two and Thirty

The Sed-Festival of Thutmose III In regnal year 30 (3 years before the Mitanni Campaign), Thutmose celebrates his first jubilee. The King must renew his powers and re-enact his coronation. For this he will need a new monument, a few gods, and a baseball bat… Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography J.G. Griffiths, “The Costume…

Mini Episode: The Egyptian New Year

The Egyptian Religious Year (Part 1/12) The Egyptian New Year began in the month called “Tekh.” It heralded a month of important rituals: festivals of the Nile Flood (Hapi); festivals to honour the blessed dead (Wagy-and-Thoth); and the beginning of a multi-month re-enactment of the legends of the god Osiris.   Direct Download (Save As…

Mini Episode: The First Pharaohs

In this (quick) episode, I look at the word “Pharaoh.” What it means, where it comes from, and why I hardly use it in the podcast (until now)… Direct Download (Save As mp3)

Mini Episode: Inauguration Day

In a shameless tie-in with recent events, we take a look at how an Egyptian king was selected, and then crowned.  The process could be more complicated than you might expect… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The persea tree, being inscribed with the names of the King. Bibliography: Lana Troy, “Religion and Cult During the Time…

Episode 70: The Napoleon of Egypt

Glory: The 8th Campaign of Thutmose III. In 1462 BCE, Thutmose demonstrates why they call him “the Napoleon of Egypt.” He leads a daring and audacious strike against his most deadly foes; this is the 8th Campaign – one of the greatest in Egyptian history. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Thutmose’s route of march (Full…

Episode 69: North by Northwest

Foreigners and Trade in the time of Thutmose III. We explore the world beyond the Egyptian Empire. Visiting the peoples of Crete (Keftiu), Cyprus (Alashiya) and Byblos (Kupna) we see what was happening beyond the realm of direct Egyptian rule. Oh, and there’s a goofy poem at the end. This episode turned out a bit…

Blog: Saving Smuggled Artifacts

It’s been a good week for the preservation of artifacts! Egypt and the USA have signed a new agreement, one of the first of its kind, to fight illegal artifacts trading. The USA, where possible, will seize artifacts entering the country illegally (ie, smuggled or stolen – not things being sent to museums or exhibitions)….

Episode 68b: Deception at Joppa

The General Djehuty and his Marvellous Tricks Sometime in the reign of Thutmose III, a siege took place at Joppa (Tel Aviv, Israel). The Egyptians, never quite mastering siege-craft, were starving their enemy out, when an unusual opportunity presented itself. Thinking quickly, the wily Djehuty made a cunning plan… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The “face”…

Episode 68: Campaigns of Victory

The Settlement of Canaan: Thutmose III (Part II) From 1473 to 1470 BCE, Thutmose began organising his domains in Canaan. The area was transformed, as a network of Egyptian garrisons, forts and supply depots began to appear. This was all in service to much greater plans… In this episode we meet the Canaanites who surrendered…