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 Dr. Elizabeth Frood. Two Kiwis Nerding Out. My guest today is Dr. 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,…

Reverend Mother (Episode 120)

Queen Tiye’s Retirement (Akhenaten Part 10). By 1351 BCE, regnal year 12, Akhenaten’s mother Tiye had been a royal lady for fifty years. Now in semi-retirement, living away from the political spotlight, Tiye’s public visibility was much lower than previously. Nevertheless, many artifacts survive to record her later life; and in year 12, the Queen returned…

Kha and Merit

Mini Episode. In 1906 CE, a tomb came to light in the hills west of Luxor. On February 15, archaeologists Ernesto Schiaperelli and Arthur Weigall uncovered and opened the hidden burial of Kha and Merit. These middle-class Egyptians, who lived c.1450-1390 BCE, had gone to their afterlife in a well-furnished sepulchre full of items they…

The Doomed Prince

Mini Episode. Sometime in the 18th Dynasty, perhaps around the time of Akhenaten, a fairy-tale became popular in Egypt. The story spoke of a prince, forced to flee his home after a prophecy foretold that he would die from one of three fates – a dog, a snake, or a crocodile. Leaving Egypt, the prince…

The Tale of Two Brothers

Mini Episode. The Tale of Two Brothers is a fairytale, composed sometime in the late 18th or early 19th Dynasties (c.1350-1250 BCE). It recounts the adventures of Bata and Anubis, two siblings who suffer injustice and misfortune. From adulterous wives to the perils of fate, Anubis and Bata seek to defend themselves and find peace,…