Amunhotep the Son of Hapu (Part 1). In 1370 BCE, the pharaoh's closest advisor was already eighty years old. At such an advanced age, Amunhotep the son of Hapu was experienced, educated and wise. His accomplishments were many; but what is most fascinating about this man is how late he achieved prominence. And, what he did once fame [...]

An Egyptian couple relax in a garden, and share a moment of love... Four poems of romance, exploring the courtship of an ancient couple. Note: these poems contain erotic / sexual elements that may not be suitable for all ages. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology [...]

A Father Begs His Son to Return Home. Late in the New Kingdom (c.1250 BCE), an Egyptian father wrote a letter to his son. The son had gone to sea, sailing on a ship; he had not sent any word of his wellbeing. Worried, the father writes a letter, begging his son to return home. [...]

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 [...]