The Sun King (Episode 105)

Amunhotep III (Part 12): Pharaoh as a God. By the time of his second Sed-Festival (in year 34), Amunhotep III had reached the pinnacle of his earthly influence and power. Some of this grandiosity manifested in a strange trend: from various sources, we get a sense of the King styling himself as a god. In…

A Wealthy House (Episode 104)

Daily Life for the Nobility. At the height of the 18th Dynasty, c.1370 BCE, wealthy Egyptians were enjoying an unprecedented degree of comfort. In this episode we explore some general features of life: the domestic spaces they inhabited, the food they consumed (and how it may have been prepared) and the furniture (including cosmetics) which…

The House of Rejoicing (Episode 103)

Amunhotep III (Part 11): The Royal Palace. By 1370 BCE, King Amunhotep III was living in a sumptuous palace at Thebes. Built for the first sed-festival, the “House of Rejoicing” aka Malqata was a magnificent structure with many beautiful elements. Today, we start to explore how a pharaoh lived and the lifestyle they enjoyed… Direct Download…

Colourful Keftiu (Episode 102b)

Twilight on Crete. In 1370 BCE an Egyptian embassy visited the Aegean. They came to see the Keftiu, aka the Minoans, who led a charmed life. They built enormous palace and temple cities, worshipped in sacred spaces and created beautiful art pieces. For a thousand years the Keftiu ruled Crete and enjoyed security. Until now……

An Egyptian Odyssey (Episode 102)

Passage to Mycenae. In 1370 BCE an Egyptian embassy may have travelled to the lands of Greece. They visited the people called Tanaiu, aka the Mycenaeans, who were a rising power in their region. From their hilltop cities, the Mycenaeans expanded their power, built magnificent tombs and worshipped some ancient but familiar deities. Let’s visit!…

Egyptian Religion with Dr. Campbell Price (Episode 101b)

Amunhotep Hapu, Private Worship, and Immortality. My guest today is Dr. Campbell Price, who generously sat down to talk about non-royal statues and the immortality of Amunhotep son of Hapu. How did an ordinary Egyptian earn the right to display themselves in stone statues? What purpose did these fulfil? And what does Amunhotep have to…

Hapu’s Son (Episode 101)

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…

Mini Episode: Songs in a Garden

In this mini episode we explore the courtship of an ancient couple. A pair of Egyptians relax in a garden, sharing a moment of intimacy and love. We explore their budding romance through four poems, read by an actress. Warning: these poems contain erotic and sexual elements that may not be suitable for all ages….

Mini Episode: The Lost Son

Around 1250 BCE an Egyptian father wrote a letter to his wayward son. The boy had joined a ship’s crew and was now abroad, but had not sent any word of his well-being. Anxious, the father wrote a poignant letter begging his son to return. That letter survives and reveals wonderful parts of ancient life……