Episode 51: Everywhere and Nowhere


Dynasty 13.

The 13th Dynasty begins around 1786 BCE with the reign of Sobek-Hotep I. This king, like those who follow him, is all but invisible in the historical record. Why?

We meet Sobek-Hotep and his namesake deity, the crocodile Sobek. Also, we explore ideas of justice in the Tale of the Eloquent Peasant


Sobek-Hotep I

All images wikimedia unless otherwise noted.

D13-Sobek I (1)

D13-Sobek I (2)

The smiling face of King Amen-em-hat V (Wikipedia).

The crocodile lord Sobek, in his human-bodied form (Ashmolean Museum).

Sobek in Dynasty 18 with Amunhotep III c.1370 BCE.

Sobek, from the Greco-Roman period (Wilkinson 2003).

Sobek in a 19th Century rendition (wikimedia).


Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, 2010.

Wolfram Grajetzki, The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, 2006.

Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994.

W.K. Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2006. PDF Copy at Archive.org.

Toby Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Martin says:

    The Listen/Download square to download Episode 51 is missing. 50 and 52 are there.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thanks Martin, silly oversight on my part 😉

      The button is added now.

      (I am also aware that I misspeak in the intro, and refer to it as Episode 50, rather than 51 – will fix).

  2. arielmelton says:

    A late, late, late comment:
    I am a newcomer to your podcast and am very grateful to you for it. I was excited to find a short film of “The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant” from 1960. Even though it’s in Arabic (a language I do not speak) I could follow the story, based on your beautiful telling of it, while watching a recreation of the period. It’s available on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_U9kgI2UFg&t=720s

    I’ve been binge-listening and and will be supporting your efforts as soon as payday rolls around. 😉

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Ariel,

      Thanks for listening! I did not know that film existed – I will have to check it out!

      Best regards,

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