Interlude: Everything Bigger Than Everything Else. For 2000+ years, the Colossi of Memnon have dazzled visitors to Thebes. Greeks, Romans and modern tourists are enthralled by their size and spectacle. 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 [...]

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 [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 5): Exploring Nubia. In September 1397 BCE, Amunhotep III took a trip far beyond his borders. He and his warriors traversed the Bayuda Desert, explored the wastes, and came to mysterious lands deep in the lands of Nubia (Sudan). What transpired was a story for the annals... Direct Download (Save As mp3) [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 4): The Nubian War. In late 1397 BCE, Amunhotep III received word of a rebellion in Nubia. A local chieftain, Ikheny, had gathered warriors and risen up in revolt. The pharaoh, just seventeen years old, was eager for a chance to prove himself. He gathered his warriors, and invaded Nubia... Direct Download [...]

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... Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography Renata Landgrafova, Sex and the Golden Goddess: Ancient Egyptian Love Songs in Context 2009. A.G. McDowell, Village Life in [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 3): Introducing Queen Tiye. In 1399 BCE, Amunhotep III married his first and most important wife. The great queen Tiye (Tiy) would rule alongside her husband for the rest of his reign. In the process, she became one of the greatest names of all royal women. In this episode we introduce Queen [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 2). In his first year of power (1400 - 1399 BCE), Amunhotep III began a whole string of  projects. Guided by his mother Mutemwia, the new king commissioned new monuments, quarrying efforts, and even undertook a great hunt. Twelve months of intense activity: all things considered, the reign began quite well... Direct Download [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 1). Neb-ma'at-Re Amunhotep came to power in 1400 BCE. At the age of just 12, he had already spent years being groomed for power. Even his birth was the subject of elaborate myths. In this episode, we explore the divine conception and the upbringing of a god on earth... Direct Download (Save [...]