Mini Episode: Songs in a Garden

In this mini episode we explore the courtship of an ancient couple. A pair of Egyptians relax in a garden, sharing a moment of intimacy and love. We explore their budding romance through four poems, read by an actress. Warning: these poems contain erotic and sexual elements that may not be suitable for all ages….

Mini Episode: The Lost Son

Around 1250 BCE an Egyptian father wrote a letter to his wayward son. The boy had joined a ship’s crew and was now abroad, but had not sent any word of his well-being. Anxious, the father wrote a poignant letter begging his son to return. That letter survives and reveals wonderful parts of ancient life……

Mini Episode: A Wayward Scribe

A model letter from c.1250 BCE tells us of a wayward scribe, who fell off the path of ma’at and became lost in drunkeness, indolence and womanizing. Disappointed in his former pupil, a schoolmaster writes to the scribe, rebuking him for his lifestyle and failures. Warning: this content may not be suitable for all ages….

Mini Episode: All Is Full of Love

Ancient Egyptian scribes enjoyed writing romantic and sexual texts. They explored themes of love, longing, lust and courtship from a variety of perspectives – male and female. Exploring emotions and sensations, they created a lively corpus of literature with many evocative passages. In this mini episode we explore three more poems of the Love genre….

Mini Episodes: Music in Ancient Egypt

Two mini episodes about music! Music was everywhere in ancient Egypt: in the fields, in the temple, on the parade ground, and in the home. Songs and compositions were a part of daily life, and abundant evidence survives for the art of musicianship in the ancient world. In two mini episodes we explore some of…

Question Time! (Q+A)

To celebrate 100 episodes, I took your questions on all things ancient Egypt. If you didn’t hear your question, I have sent out written responses. Some questions covered material already in the show, or on topics that don’t have enough evidence to discuss in detail. Thanks for submitting! Direct Download (Save As mp3)   Egyptian…

Raising the Children High (Episode 100b)

Interlude: A Princess Becomes Queen, a Prince Becomes Heir. In 1370 BCE, the same year as the Sed-Festival, pharaoh Amunhotep III made two interesting decisions. He made his eldest daughter his wife, and named his eldest (surviving) son as heir to the throne. In a short side-episode, we explore these events and their significance… Direct…

Episode 100: Celebration

Amunhotep III (Part 10): The Sed Festival, As Told by Kheruef Who Witnessed It. In regnal year 30, Amunhotep III celebrated the first of his sed-festivals. This was a spectacular event, with a number of rituals and performances celebrating the King’s reign, and renewing his authority on earth. Some of these rites were truly arcane,…

Episode 99: Sakhmet’s Demons

Amunhotep III (Part 9): The Dark Years. Between 1380 and 1370 BCE, Egypt may have suffered an outbreak of disease. In this decade, at least four royal family members died, and the political situation was irrevocably changed. It wasn’t all bad, though: around 1380, Queen Tiy went through the difficulties of childbirth and offered a…

Now We Have A Patreon!

The Podcast is now on Patreon.com, theย  subscription website in which you can access rewards for a small monthly contribution. This doesn’t affect the main show (it’s free and always will be) but if you want to support my work this is the best way to do it. Pledging a small amount per week (as…