Episode 90: Neb-Ma’at-Re

Amunhotep III (Part 1).

Neb-ma’at-Re Amunhotep came to power in 1400 BCE. At the age of just 12, he had already spent years being groomed for power. Even his birth was the subject of elaborate myths. In this episode, we explore the divine conception and the upbringing of a god on earth…

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A funerary cone belonging to Heqarneheh, royal tutor (Met Museum).
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funerary cone belonging to Heqarneheh, royal tutor (Met Museum).


The Divine Birth of Amunhotep III

All images from Brunner, Die Geburt, 1964.

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Mutemwia and Amun (right) couple. The god holds ankh (life) to Mutemwia’s nose, a euphemism for the act of sexual intercourse and impregnation.

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Hathor (left) watches as the future Amunhotep, shown twice, is fashioned by the Creator god Khnum (right).

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On Earth, Mutemwia is led to the birthing chamber by Khnum (left) and Hathor (right)

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Mutemwia (top centre) gives birth, with the aid of wetnurses. Gods of fertility and life celebrate below.

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The newly-born Amunhotep is presented to Amun, who kisses him approvingly.

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Horus (left) presents the child Amunhotep, shown twice. Amun blesses his coming.


Hellmut Brunner, Die Geburt des Gottkönigs, 1964.

Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.

Charles Cornell van Siclen III, “The Accession Date of Amenhotep III and the Jubilee,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 1973.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. gwood3 says:


    Great program as usual. There was one irritation, however. The volume of the ads was way higher than that of the program itself. I’m not objecting to the ads, obviously you have to be compensated for your work and costs. But if there is any way you could get whoever is responsible for the ads (which for me were for a Swedish optician) to control their levels, it would make for a much more enjoyable experience.

    Keep up the great work,



    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi gwood, that may be my fault: I forgot to increase the levels of the main-line audio like I normally do. I am re-uploading the file with corrected audio levels and will make sure I do not forget in future 🙂

  2. earheart says:

    Hi there. Interesting points about the similarity between throne names with that of Hatshepsut. I’ve read that pharoahs Tutmose IV and Akhnaten refered in text to Hatshepsut and acknowledged her reign. My own research did not find these texts. Do you know if this is true, and if so, which texts? Great work as always.

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