Delay in Eps. 75 / 76

Hi listeners, There will be a delay to the release of episodes 75 and 76, as I battle an illness that has stolen my voice. This shouldn’t last more than a few days, but we’ll see. Please bear with me – I’ll be back soon! Best, Dominic

Episode 74: War Stories

The Final Campaigns of Thutmose III. After 20+ years of near-annual campaigning, Thutmose III finally comes to the end of his life at war. We explore the last ten years of this process in one sweep: successes (and failures) abound; there is diplomacy and war, and the King finally comes to a bloody resolution with…

Mini Episode: Hathor Festivities

The religious year (3/12) The third month was called “Hathor” (“Athyr”). It was a time for renewing fertility and creative energies in the natural world. Festivals to the male god of sexual energy, and the widow and sister of Osiris dominated this time… Direct Download (Save As mp3) Min Warning: images may have objectionable sexual aspects…

Episode 73: The Three Princesses

Thutmose III (Part VII): Diplomacy & the Egyptian Empire After the brilliant campaign of regnal year 33, Thutmose enjoys a period of peace and plenty. Foreign powers begin to seek relations with Egypt, and the power of the Pharaoh appears supreme. This also manifests in the appearance of three unusual princesses… Direct Download (Save As…

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…