Priests and Provisions (Episode 118b)

Supporting the Temples of Aten (Amarna Part 6) To keep their government and economy running, the pharaohs of ancient Egypt relied on allies, servants and friends. Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re) was no exception. In this episode, we meet two of the King’s most prominent servants, the men who kept the great temples of Aten fed, supplied and running…

House of Aten (Episode 118)

The Great and Small Temples of Aten Amarna (Part 5). Akhenaten changed many features of ancient Egyptian religion. But although his god was distant and universal, He still needed a home. Today, we explore how Akhenaten made special provision for his god’s house. Two great temples, dedicated to the solar disc, rose on the east bank…

Akhnaten: A MetOpera Interview

Interlude: An Interview with Akhnaten In 1983, Philip Glass debuted his opera Akhnaten, a bold musical exploration of the pharaoh, his reign and his legacy in ancient Egypt. Now, Akhnaten returns with The Metropolitan Opera, New York,  from November 8th to December 7th, 2019. It will be broadcast worldwide in cinemas. Find tickets to the live…

2020 Tour, Expressions of Interest

A Tour and a Cruise Hi everyone, by request of listeners I am considering leading a tour in August or September 2020. This will include a Nile Cruise for part of the journey, and be a wonderful trip through ancient Egypt. If you are interested, drop me an email at egyptpodcast@gmail.com. This isn’t a commitment…

Adoring Ra (Episode 117)

Akhenaten (Part 8) Precursors to Atenism Prior to Akhenaten’s reign, the worship of Ra had been developing in fascinating ways. From Thebes, a variety of tomb texts show us hints of pharaoh’s beliefs, explored by other people before his reign ever began. Ancient Egyptian theology was complex, but certain trends and deities are relatively simple…

Adoring Aten (Episode 116)

Akhenaten (Part 7) The Great Hymn to Aten By 1356 BCE, Akhenaten was well-ensconced in his new royal residence of Akhet-Aten (Amarna). As regnal year 7 began, the King was probably living full-time in his new city and the population expanded rapidly as settlers (particularly officials and their servants) moved to this area, following their…

Akhenaten Phase 1 (Summary)

The Story So Far… We’ve covered a lot since Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten appeared on the throne of Egypt. Today, we take a breather to sort it all out and summarise what we’ve seen so far. This will put us on a good footing for even more drama in the years to come… Date: c.1357…

Building Quickly (Episode 115b)

Amarna (Part 4): Raising a City in Haste. When Akhenaten demanded a new royal residence (Akhet-Aten), it fell to countless labourers, overseers and donkeys to gather the material needed for the city. Archaeologists scouring the landscape of Akhet-Aten and its neighbourhood have found a great deal of evidence for stone quarrying, ancient road networks, and…

Hatiay’s House (Episode 115)

Amarna (Part 3): Elite Houses. The Overseer of Works, Hatiay, was one of Akhenaten’s most prominent and useful servants. He helped build pharaoh’s new city, bringing the vision to life, by organising work teams and resources for the massive construction projects. Along the way, Hatiay received many perks, including one of the nicest houses discovered…

Defining the Horizons (Episode 114b)

Amarna (Part 2): Akhenaten’s Priorities and Mindset   A short side episode, concerning Akhenaten’s mind-set around the time he moved to Amarna. Did the King always plan this city? Did he want to live here forever and never leave? And how did he think about the community he was developing? We explore these questions… Date:…