About

The History of Egypt Podcast is written and produced by Dominic Perry. Dominic lives in Auckland, New Zealand, where he studied Ancient History at university, eventually earning a Masters Degree with a thesis focussed on ancient Egyptian economics. Today he works on the Podcast, looks after his family, and occasionally finds time for cycling, a good film festival, or catching up with friends he hasn’t seen in forever.

Dominic can be reached at egyptpodcast@gmail.com

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17 Comments Add yours

  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)

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