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The History of Egypt Podcast is written and produced by Dominic Perry. Dominic lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where he studied Ancient History at The University of Auckland. His Master Thesis focussed on Egyptian economics of the Old Kingdom; and his PhD research currently focusses on urbanism and socio-economics in the New Kingdom.

Outside of Egyptology and Podcasting, Dominic finds some time for movies, family, friends, cycling and an over-abundance of coffee.

Dominic can be reached at egyptpodcast@gmail.com

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  1. Richard Cuthbertson says:

    Good Morning Mr Perry,

    I just wished to write to say I listen to your podcast and thoroughly enjoy it. I unfortunately found my passion for the ancient world late so do not work in the field of it for my day job (not yet anyway) but very much love to learn and study it. I am relatively new to detailed study of Ancient Egypt (mostly read about Rome and Greece) but am reading a lot on the subject. I have a extensive library of books and my Egypt section is expanding but I wanted your advice on a certain area. I have looked through your bibliography but could not see a specific book for the Forst Intermediate Period, can you recommend the best book for this subject?

    I am a little behind as started late so only on episode 23 but really enjoying it, keep up the good work!

    Also from your bio I see you have taken up boxing, as a ex boxer myself I can say it is the best sport in the world so hope you enjoy it!

    Many Thanks,

    R.Cuthbertson

  2. Bruce Blanchard says:

    As you go through the history of Egypt will you be talking about the scientific finds they made such as discovering the earth was round or any of their other discoveries.
    Thx
    Love the podcast
    Bruce B.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Yes 🙂

  3. Miguel T. says:

    Mr. Perry, You have new website location but no RSS. I love your blog, one of the best. Keep up the good work.

  4. andrew watson says:

    Hi Dominic

    The revamped web page looks good, but is much more difficult to navigate
    When I get down to Episode 0, , then use the back arrow, It takes me straight back to the top page ( currently Episode 78)
    ( OK, if you know the name of the episode you are looking for, then you can use the SEARCH box)

    Also, these episodes seem to have disappeared
    1B Green of Grey
    2-A._Between_Myth_and_History
    2-B._Horus_and_the_Fortress

    But as usual, your podcasts are excellent
    Keep up the good work

    Kindest Regards
    andrew

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for the feedback! The website is an ongoing project, so I will take your notes into consideration for my next update.
      The episodes you list have been removed from the feed, as part of a remaster of the early episodes. They will be replaced in due time.

      Best regards,
      Dominic

  5. Hi Dominic,
    I’m so glad I found your podcast, I was very interested in ancient Egypt when i was a wee young lass. Now many years later working in a totally different field you’ve rekindled my love for Egypt and history in general, so thank you. I was wondering if you ever plan on releasing the podcast on google play for us android users.
    Also, since you seem to have an interest in games (since you’v been using the children of the Nile soundtrack), I’d recommend you check out Pharaoh, the soundtrack is lovely and you might appreciate it too.
    Keep up the great work!

    Best regards,

    Laura

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for getting in touch! I am trying to resolve the Google Play issue, but unfortunately the service is unavailable to podcasts operating out of NZ. I am working on a solution.

      Re: Pharaoh – I have a long love of that game; I still play it sometimes!

      Dominic

  6. Victor says:

    Hey just wondering why spotify episodes are so far behind?

    1. Victor says:

      Also, searching egypt or even your full podcast name brings up no results on spotify but your link brings me to the podcast there where i can follow. If it wasn’t for thw history of greece shoutout i would have thought spotify was devoid on podcast surrounding egypt. Should let them know.

    2. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Victor,

      Spotify episodes are behind due to my hosting arrangement with Acast. I am planning for Spotify accessibility but must resolve those issues first. Like the Google Play issue, it is harder than it sounds!

  7. Michael O'Callaghan says:

    Hello Dominic,
    I recently started listening to your podcast and can now not live without it.
    Absolutely immense work.

    Have you ever covered the History of Egyptology? It would be great to hear about any Egyptian/Greek/Arab History sources prior to the explosion of interest from the 18th Century onwards.

    Michael

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for listening! Short answer is no I have not covered that (yet). I have some episodes (notably 84b) that explore *events* in Egyptology. But I will save my discussion of Egyptology as a science, and the classical/medieval writers for the “Epilogue” of the show 🙂

      Dominic

  8. Max says:

    What books or textbooks do you recommend for gaining information about the New Kingdom, or the Eighteenth Dynasty?
    Thank you!!

    1. DominicPerry says:

      18th Dynasty… the starting point for a narrative history is the relevant chapters of The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. From there, you can use the bibliography to find many academic references. To date no one has attempted to bring all the reigns into a single monograph, so much of the information is in edited volumes and journal articles. That being said, some good books include:
      – Eric Cline and David O’Connor (editors) “Amunhotep III: Perspectives on his Reign,” which covers the “high” point of the 18th Dynasty.
      – The conference proceedings of “Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut” does the same for the Female Pharaoh (and you can find it for free at https://oi.uchicago.edu/sites/oi.uchicago.edu/files/uploads/shared/docs/saoc69.pdf )
      – William Moran “The Amarna Letters” is essential for understanding diplomacy.
      – Anthony Spalinger “War in Ancient Egypt” is thorough, but academic.

      For biographies / overviews, I recommend:
      – Kara Cooney “The Woman Who Would be King” explores the life of Hatshepsut.
      – Richard Gabriel “Thutmose III: A Military Biography” explores Thutmose III, the warrior king.
      – Aidan Dodson’s pair of books: “Amarna Sunrise” and “Amarna Sunset” will give you a detailed but accessible overview of the Amarna period.
      – William Murnane “Texts From the Amarna Period in Ancient Egypt” is a thorough introduction to the texts coming from Akhenaten’s time.
      – Barry Kemp “City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People” will be the go-to reference for Amarna archaeology for years to come.
      – Marianne Eaton-Krauss “The Unknown Tutankhamun” is the best overview by the leading scholar of Tutankhamun as a historical figure.
      – Nicholas Reeves “The Complete Valley of the Kings” is what the title says – a very thorough overview.
      – Richard Wilkinson “The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt” will introduce you to all the major temple complexes, and their features.
      – William Murnane “The Road to Kadesh” covers political and military records from the second half of Dynasty 18 through to the reign of Sety I (Dynasty 19)

  9. Josh says:

    Hi Mate,
    Congratulations on an amazing podcast, I’m only up to ep 15 but already my mind has been blown away as to how much we actually know even if there is many gaps! Just want to know if you have ever done any guided tours at all? Just think it would be awesome to get a decent group of interested listeners together guided by yourself so we can get the proper historical experience of the awesome place! If not who would you recommend to go with when travelling to Egypt? Cheers Josh

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Josh, Thanks for listening!

      Yes, I ran the first History of Egypt Tour in January 2019. I would like to do another in January 2020.

      Hope this helps
      Dominic

      1. Josh says:

        Thanks for the reply mate, yes definitely interested any chance you could email the details at all?

        Cheers mate appreciate it.

        Josh

  10. DominicPerry says:

    I will release an episode with details when I am read to announce it 🙂

    1. Josh says:

      Perfect 👌 love your work 👍 Cheers

  11. dan says:

    is good podcast but the adverts are easily twice the volume of the show. real scummy practice that ruins the listening experience.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Dan, thanks for the comment. As with most podcast ads, they are automated by the server host (I do not control the volume). Please let me know which ones you are having issues with so I can either update the episode .mp3 or contact my host to have it corrected.

      Regards,
      Dominic

  12. Kathryn Roberts says:

    Really enjoyed your interview with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley. She had some great insights on ancient art and Queen Tiye. Any chance of more interviews in the future?

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Kathryn, thanks for listening! Yes, there is a “part 2” for this interview coming soon (April 24; earlier for Patreon subscribers). There is also an interview with Dr. Campbell Price (episode 101) which was lots of fun. I have others in the pipeline, so there will be more going forward 🙂

  13. Tahya says:

    Dear Dominic,

    Permit me to thank you again #1 for researching, writing and broadcasting a magnificent program! Every episode, interview et al, well done! …and #2 for including the sound of a shimmering systrum in the podcast on music🙏
    https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/08/16/mini-episodes-music-in-ancient-egypt/

    May you & your family be blessed with vibrant good health, may you be blessed to continue your work for as long as your heart desires and…

    May Hathor, Mistress of Music,
    Lady of the Systrum
    bring melody, harmony,
    peace & love
    into your life and
    sing your praises!
    sššt sššt sššt sššt

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thanks Tahya, I’m glad you are enjoying the show 🙂

  14. Tyler Clark says:

    First off Dominic, I Love this podcast! I’ve loved Ancient Egypt since I was in Middle School, but have just now started to really dive into it. I was wondering if you could recommend some historically accurate movies on the subject? I would love to see it in action so to speak. Thank you for all that you’re doing here!

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Tyler, thanks for listening! I’m afraid there are no historically accurate movies about ancient Egypt; the subject is too broad and too susceptible to either “Biblical” renditions, or to adventure films with little relevance to history. That being said, some enjoyable examples are “The Egyptian” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxWNqovDePQ), based on the novel of the same name which was itself based on the ancient Tale of Sinuhe; and “Faraon (Pharaoh),” a Polish film based on the life of Ramesses III mixed with characters of the Third Intermediate Period. These films come closer than most to attempting an accurate depiction of the time.

      Hope this helps!

  15. Tom says:

    I just started listening. I found this on the Podcasts app on my Iphone. I’m on the road a lot and this is now my go to station! You can tell from how you talk that this is a topic you are interested in and care about and you do a great job explaining the History of Egypt. I felt compelled to say Thanks and can’t wait to listen to the rest! Take care!

  16. Steijn Snelders says:

    Hey Dominic,

    While listening to the podcast, I noticed some of your obeservations relating to average life expectancies in Ancient Egypt; e.g. that the attestation of the life span of some pharaoh is not credible as it would far exceed the average life expectancy of 40 yrs that has been ascribed to the period.

    However, as I understand it historical average life expectancies are usually not corrected for infant mortality and child mortality, and these rates usually wheigh in very high on the resulting figure. After correcting for these factors, the demographics of historical periods may approach to those of our own, at least from a day to day perspective.

    For example, infant and child mortality rates may have been very high in Rome at 39 AD, resulting in a low average life expectancy, but it would perhaps not have been much more unusual than today to find a guy there like Seneca the Elder who reached the age of 92.

    What is your take on this, and could you point out the figures that you refer to, or perhaps some further info on demographics in Ancient Egypt?

    Kind regards,

    Steijn Snelders

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Stephen,
      At present I accept the logic of approx 40-50 years. The studies I have read make allowance for mortality rates and are based on studies of adult skeletal remains.
      That being said, I intend to revisit this topic in detail in future episodes. As we move into historical periods with stronger archaeological evidence, I can start to examine life expectancies within different contexts and what we can know, on the surviving remains.

      Dominic

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