The Dissipated Scholar. A model letter from c.1250 BCE tells of a schoolmaster, disappointed in a former pupil. The master writes to an ex-student, rebuking him for falling into alcoholism and indolence. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon)  

Three Love Poems of the 18th Dynasty. 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. Direct Download [...]

A scribe yearns for a holiday... Between 1400 and 1300 BCE, scribes wrote poems in a genre that I call "Memphis Blues." They wrote of their tiredness, their need for a holiday, and their longing to travel to the great city of Men-nefer, aka Memphis. As they composed these works, they participated in a tradition that has [...]

Two mini episodes about music! Music was everywhere in ancient Egypt: in the fields, in the temple, on the parade ground, and in the home. Songs and compositions were a part of daily life, and abundant evidence survives for the art of musicianship in the ancient world. In two mini episodes we explore some of [...]

To celebrate 100 episodes, I took your questions on all things ancient Egypt. 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. Thanks for submitting! Direct Download (Save As mp3)   Egyptian [...]

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... Direct [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

The Podcast is now on Patreon.com, the  subscription website in which you can access rewards for a small monthly contribution. This doesn't affect the main show (it's free and always will be) but if you want to support my work this is the best way to do it. Pledging a small amount per week (as [...]