House of Meritaten (Episode 125)

A Princess of Egypt. In 1351 BCE, princess Meritaten was approximately ten years old. The king’s eldest daughter, Meritaten was the foremost child of the royal family, front and centre of art and propaganda. Whether it was statuary, shrines, stelae, or palaces, Meritaten enjoyed the privileges of being a princess of ancient Egypt. What was…

Amurrites 2: The Crimes of Aziru (Episode 124)

A New Generation of Rebels. Around 1350 BCE, approximately, a new generation of Amurrites began to cause trouble for the empire. The sons of Abdi-Ashirta inherited his power and soon began their own project to expand the kingdom and conquer nearby towns. Along the way, they committed several heinous crimes… Episode dates c.1355-1350 BCE. I’ll…

Amurrites and Where to Find Them (Episode 123)

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…

Letters from the Capital (Episode 122)

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…

Interview: Alcohol and Economics

with Dr. Leslie Anne Warden. 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, Dr. Warden is here to share her investigations into the world of ancient economics, particularly how beer and bread can reveal…

Interview: Ancient Lives

with Prof. Elizabeth Frood. Two Kiwis Nerding Out. My guest today is Professor Elizabeth Frood, Associate Professor of Egyptology and Director of the Griffith Institute at the University of Oxford, UK. In a lively discussion, Dr. Frood shares her insights into ancient lives and how people living in the non-royal sphere approached their immortality. Statues,…

Discounts on Ra Egyptian Skincare

Ra Egyptian is a skincare company on a mission, to make the awe-inspiring civilization and history of ancient Egypt tangible through clean, sustainable beauty products. They draw ingredients and scents directly from ancient Egyptian history and specifically tailor products to restore your skin. They source ethically, from countries that once traded with Egypt. And they…

Akhenaten (Phase 2)

Summary Episode. 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…

Ruler of the Horizons (Episode 121)

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,…