Episode 59: The Song of Thutmose


Genocide, and the Valley of the Kings.

Family, exploration and tomb-building dominated Thutmose’s first few years. He took great care for his five children, bringing on a special tutor for the princes, Paheri. This man, grand-son of Ahmose Ibana represented the culmination of three generations of family fortunes.

Thutmose launches a new tomb in a new location, the Valley of the Kings. Although a small tomb, it is the start of a new era in our story, where royal burials begin to cluster in a single magnificent cemetery.

Finally the King launches a new campaign into Nubia. He leaves record of this at Tombos, a record that suggests his activities were less than admirable- they may even have been genocidal.

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Thutmose I and his mother Seny-Seneb, from the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, Thebes (Nina de Garis Davies, Met Museum)

The sarcophagus of Thutmose I from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Made for him by Hatshepsut (source: wikipedia).

The tomb of Thutmose I in the Valley of the Kings – KV38

(source: narmer.pl)

Paheri and prince Wadjmose, son of Thutmose I (source: wikipedia).

Family members gathered in the tomb of Paheri (source: osiris.net)

The Nubian lands; Thutmose’s army came up to point (5), the area of Kurgus and the Fifth Cataract.


Anthony Spalinger, War in Ancient Egypt, 2006.

Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, 1994.

Ian Shaw (ed.), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2000.

W. Vivian Davies, “The Tomb of Ahmose son-of-Ibana at Elkab: Documenting the Family and Other Observations,” 2009. Read online.



    – the tomb of Paheri

    – the tomb of Ahmose Ibana

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Spencer says:

    Hi Dominic,

    I am thoroughly enjoying your podcast episodes. Thank you for all your efforts.

    In case others have mentioned it, I thought I would pass along that this episode has quite a few instances in which the narrative suddenly jumps to a different location, usually back 20 or 30 seconds (approximately), but a few times forward (I think). I have no idea if some of this issue is due to (1) your originally repeating material as you recorded, (2) a problem with my podcast app (I use FM Player, which generally works decently well), (3) a problem with my phone, or (4) a tear in the time-space continuum of the universe. If (2) or (3) are the culprit, I would use a phrase such as “corrupted file.” Episode 60 likewise has some of these problems, as do some earlier episodes (though not to the extent I experienced with Episode 59).

    As I just reached Episode 60 and it is time for me to switch to one of the other six history podcasts that I am currently listening to (I usually listen to 10 or 15 episodes of a particular podcast, then switch to another podcast, coming back to a given podcast every three to four weeks), I think I will delete or uninstall (not sure of the correct phrase) the History of Egypt podcast and then re-install it in a few weeks, when I get set to listen to Episodes 56 – 65 (I usually listen to each episode twice). I’ll see if uninstalling and re-installing helps.

    Again, thanks for all your hard and excellent work. I’ll be back in a few weeks.


    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Spencer,
      This is the first time I have heard of this issue, and I have never encountered it on my own devices. Please let me know if you are able to resolve it.


  2. Spencer says:

    Thanks for your response. I had mentioned it just in case 20 other people had reported a similar problem. I guess the problem is at my end.
    I’ve cycled back around, downloaded the History of Egypt podcast, and have re-listened to this episode. And the problem is gone. I did hear a few such repeats in the previous few episodes, which I also re-listened to. In the last week I have also heard such repeats in other podcasts. So, I have concluded that the problems are either with the podcatcher I use or perhaps with my phone. But none of these problems are enough to change my habits.
    Thanks for all your efforts. On to Episode 60.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Spencer,
      Thank you for confirming! Are you able to confirm which podcatcher you use? In case others have the same issue.


  3. Spencer says:

    Hi Dominic

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