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…

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Malqata Gallery

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The Birket Habu lake, with Malqata in the background (ARCE)

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Malqata’s first palace. Note the main hall H (centre) plus the King’s Bedchamber (centre-left) and the apartments (K1-8, N1-8, J & O). King’s Throne Room at (Joint Expedtion)

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Pharaoh’s Throne, reconstructed by Franck Monnier (2019)

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Mycenaean-style bulls, spirals and rosettes decorating the ceiling of pharaoh’s apartment

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The Malqata bull’s head compared with a Mycenaean rhyton (drinking vessel). Note the rosette between the horns / adorning the forehead.


Aidan Dodson, Amarna Sunrise, 2014.  

Aikaterini Koltsida, “The North Palace at Malkata,” Archiv für Orientforschung 2011. 

Arielle P. Kozloff, Amenhotep III: Egypt’s Radiant Pharaoh, 2012. 

Arielle P. Kozloff and Betsy M. Bryan, Egypt’s Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and His World, 1992. 

William C. Hayes, “Inscriptions from the Palace of Amenhotep III,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 1951. 

Peter Lacovara, The New Kingdom Royal City, 1999. 

Peter Lacovara, “Recent Work at Malqata Palace,” conference paper 2013. 

Franck Monnier, “Scientific Reconstruction of the Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata,” in Peter Lacovara (ed.) Studies on The Palace of Amenhotep III at Malqata 2019 (forthcoming). 

David O’Connor and Eric Cline (eds.) Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign, 2001. 

Website of the Joint Expedtion to Malqata:

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