Artistic Revolution (Episode 112)

Akhenaten (Part 5): Amarna Art, An Introduction. By the time of his Sed-Festival, Amunhotep IV’s reforms had begun to gather serious momentum. The King was even introducing new forms of representation, reshaping the human body and altering conventions at a fundamental level. In these early phases of Amarna Art, the pharaoh’s vision manifested in some bizarre and…

Tour #2 Now Ready for Booking

Announcement Hello everyone!  I am pleased to report that the second History of Egypt Podcast Tour to Egypt is now ready for booking! The tour will take begin January 19, 2020 and run for 14 days. In that time, we will explore Egypt from Cairo to Aswan, seeing all the major sites and many which the…

The Royal Gods (Episode 111)

Akhenaten (Part 4): Aten Above All. In 1360 BCE, regnal year 3, King Nefer-kheperu-Re Amunhotep IV made some of his most startling decisions yet. Promoting the sun disc, Aten, even further, Amunhotep began to give the god royal accessories (cartouches, uraei etc) and present it as a being tied intimately with the pharaoh. This culminated…

The Aten Appears (Episode 110)

Akhenaten (Part 3): Revelation of a Religion. Soon after he came to power, Amunhotep IV (later Akhenaten) began to reveal his unique vision of god and the world. A remarkable amount of evidence survives for this crucial period: from a royal speech, magnificent temples at Karnak and a massive artistic shift, the King revealed his…

Nefertiti (Episode 109)

Akhenaten (Part 2): The Great Queen(s). In 1361 BCE, Amunhotep IV was settled into his power. It was time to find a queen – his choice would be one of Egypt’s most famous women. This episode covers Amunhotep’s diplomatic engagements with Mitanni and the first appearance (and origins) of Nefertiti. Also, we present part 2…

AKA Amunhotep IV (Episode 108)

Akhenaten (Part 1): Conventional Start. Around January of 1362 BCE, King Amunhotep IV came to power. Considering where he wound up, this King started off quite traditionally. In this episode, we explore the foundations of his rule: his first appearances in art, his early contributions to Karnak, and the agenda he set with his royal…

Queen Tiye (with Joyce Tyldesley) (Episode 107b)

Queen Tiye the Widow. After her husband’s death, Queen Tiye continued to act as the matriarch of a ruling family. Guiding her son (Amunhotep IV) in his first year of power, Tiye remained a steady influence at the court. To look at her life, post-Amunhotep III, I speak with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley (Part 1)… Listen online…

Looking Back (Episode 107)

Amunhotep III (Part 14): The End. It is time to wrap up the great king’s reign. From 1363-1362 BCE, Neb-ma’at-Re Amunhotep III suffered a decline in health, achieved a notable diplomatic victory, and celebrated one last Sed-Festival. In this episode, we explore the last years of the legendary pharaoh: his achievements, his pathology (preserved in…

Last Monuments (Episode 106b)

Bonus Episode! Lesser-known and Completed Monuments of Amunhotep III. By 1365 BCE, many of Amunhotep’s monuments were nearing completion. Some of these, though, have been forgotten – like the King’s elaborate contributions to the city of Memphis. In this episode, we try to reconstruct that temple – and see how the King glorified one of Egypt’s…