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,


  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.
    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

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

    Kindest Regards

    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,

  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,


    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!


  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.


    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 🙂


  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

      1. Josh says:

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

        Cheers mate appreciate it.


  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.


  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. Philip (Skip) Howard says:

    The History of Egypt Tour in January 2019 was really great. I really enjoyed it. So good, I’m waiting to see the 2020 schedule. I have Jan 2020 penciled in for a return trip with The History of Egypt team.

  14. 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🙏

    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 🙂

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.


  18. Nicolas Depardieu says:

    Love your podcast, super interesting, very well written and narrated. A Big thanks.

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Thanks for listening! 🙂

  19. Michael says:

    Hi! I recently discovered your amazing podcast and i’ve been binging a lot. Its incredible how much work you put into this. It seems very professional and the companion website is just awesome. I thank you very much for your time and passion!
    Grretings from germany

  20. Lyz Ostler says:

    I recently started listening to your show and am on Episode 35. I cannot express show much I love it. During the first few episodes, I was paying close attention to your music and kept saying to myself, that sounds just like the music from my game “Children of The Nile”. What a coincidence that you used that music. I have the game and play it frequently. I would suggest it to all your fans as it really does bring all that you are teaching to life. And honestly, who doesn’t want to be a Pharaoh? Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I can’t wait to hear more,

  21. DominicPerry says:

    Hi Lyz, thanks for listening to the show! I’m glad you’re enjoying it 🙂 and yes, the music is Keith Zizza’s soundtrack to COTN which he was gracious enough to permit me using 🙂

  22. Henry says:

    Hi Dominic, I found your podcasts recently and am listening to one/day and really enjoying them. My mum got to love Egypt through going to the British Museum as a teenager and I got to love it through working there for 6 months. My particular interest is gardens and, having just listened to the Hatshepsut set of podcasts, I would like to ask you a question. Thinking about Senenmut’s interest in astronomy (and presumably geometry) could it be that he had a significant role in the layout of Deir el-Bahari (as well as in the management of the project)? I imagine the task requiring a technical ability that one would be unlikely to find in a queen (though it is of course possible).
    Best wishes, Henry

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Henry, thanks for listening! That’s definitely possible, but we have no information that can shed light on it either way, unfortunately.

  23. Matias says:

    Hi Dominic! My name is Matias, I’m from Montevideo, Uruguay. I want to thank you and congratulate you for making and sharing such a great podcast. It’s really well done, I love the narrative and the content, great work!. I am very fond of ancient Egypt, my father was an egyptologist (amateur) and I grew up listening to his lectures and all sorts of Egypt related content. When I was 15 I enjoyed learning hieroglyphs from Gardiner’s Egyptian Grammar! He even made a plaster model of Luxor temple that is currently on exhibition in a museum here. We went to Egypt when I was a kid and that was an experience I’ll never forget, and I want to do again with my kids someday.
    Sadly I lost my father many years ago, and for some reason I also stopped following Egyptian topics.
    Some time ago I found your podcast through the “History of the World Podcast”, and it felt like opening a door to that time, and a renewed connection with my father. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for that. I am sharing this with my kid now, as a way to get to know his grandpa, and he’s fascinated about it! And this is very updated content with all recent discoveries!
    So thank you again for creating this podcast, I am deeply touched.
    With love,

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Matias, thanks for listening! I’m glad you’re enjoying the show and that it is connecting with your family 🙂 Best wishes, Dominic

  24. Gary says:

    Hi Dominic – I’ve been an archaeology nerd/aficionado for as long as I can remember. I’ve just discovered your podcast and am ploughing through the episodes at a rapid rate! Thank you – you are a legend! I am not sure whether you have covered this in later episodes – I have started teaching myself the basics using online resources – I am interested in attaining a (reasonable) level of proficiency reading and comprehending Middle/New kingdom hieroglyphics and hieratic. Do you have any recommendations/suggestions/advice on where to start or how to go about this?
    Warm Regards. Gary

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Gary, thank you very much for listening! If you want to start learning hieroglyphics I recommend beginning with Collier and Manley’s book How to Read Egyptian Hierogylphs
      That will be a good starting point, if you are learning on your own

  25. Adrian Haug says:

    Dear Mr. Perry,

    I simply LOVE your podcast. I suppose I have come across it late, but never too late to appreciate Ancient Egypt!

    As a child I had a deep fascination for Ancient Egypt, its Kings and pyramids. One of my favorite birthday gifts was an English version of the Papyrus of Ani. I have traveled to Egypt a couple of times but sadly, I did not go on to be an Eyptologist like you!

    Are you currently undertaking excavations or any new research?

    Again, I love the podcast and am currently on Episode 10. I am so excited that there are many more episodes in front of me! 🙂 🙂

    Adrian Haug

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Adrian, thanks for listening! Welcome to the show. To answer your query, yes I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Auckland. I was hoping to return to excavation in December, but that may be a no-go in the current situation. Fingers crossed!

  26. laurajeanjt says:

    Hi Mr. Perry,
    I just started listening to the podcast a few weeks ago. I find it’s the perfect pace for winding down at the end of the day and very comforting in these uncertain times. Thank you for your work- it’s obvious the tremendous effort and care you’ve put into this project. Anyways, I’m currently listening to episode 21 in which you talk about how Ka’s actions had a direct reflection on the King, something we might not assume based on how removed local officials are from national governments nowadays. This got me wondering what the population of Egypt was at the time, how quickly that populations grew, average number of children per couple etc. Or if that information is even able to be estimated. Thanks so much!

    1. DominicPerry says:

      Hi Laura,
      Thanks for listening! The short answer to your question is: we don’t know. Scholars have tried to estimate, and arrive at populations between 1,000,000 for the Old Kingdom, up to 3,000,000 for the New Kingdom. But they are really just educated guesses. The population is unknown.


  27. Bob J says:

    A monumental undertaking and remarkable achievement, which I discovered by accident just yesterday! Clearly organized and presented, meticulously researched (as far as I can tell), uncluttered, and fascinating. I especially appreciate the judicious use of Egyptian language and translations… especially for place names. Thank you. (Incidentally, is Gardiner’s ‘Middle Egyptian’ still a reliable source?)

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