Amunhotep the Son of Hapu (Part 1). In 1370 BCE, the pharaoh's closest advisor was already eighty years old. At such an advanced age, Amunhotep the son of Hapu was experienced, educated and wise. His accomplishments were many; but what is most fascinating about this man is how late he achieved prominence. And, what he did once fame [...]

Interlude: Queen Tiy's Lucky Family. The family of Queen Tiy came from an interesting place, and led a fascinating life. Her mother and father - Tjuyu and Yuya - and her brother Anen enjoyed great privileges thanks to their family connections. In life, and in death, they left an enduring legacy... Direct Download (Save As [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 3): Introducing Queen Tiye. In 1399 BCE, Amunhotep III married his first and most important wife. The great queen Tiye (Tiy) would rule alongside her husband for the rest of his reign. In the process, she became one of the greatest names of all royal women. In this episode we introduce Queen [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 2). In his first year of power (1400 - 1399 BCE), Amunhotep III began a whole string of  projects. Guided by his mother Mutemwia, the new king commissioned new monuments, quarrying efforts, and even undertook a great hunt. Twelve months of intense activity: all things considered, the reign began quite well... Direct Download [...]

(Interlude). In 1414 BCE, a man named Nebi led a convoy of soldiers and convicts out into desert wastes of the Sinai Peninsula. They went in search of copper; along the way, they revealed new stories from middle- and lower-class Egypt. We explore. Direct Download (Save As mp3) One of Nebi's two canopic jars (Björkman [...]

Amunhotep II (Part 5) The pharaoh Amunhotep II (c.1430 BCE) has a reputation for cronyism. He promoted friends and confidants to positions of influence and power, seemingly on the basis of familiarity rather than merit. This contrasts sharply with his father, making Amunhotep appear to be a shift in the politics of the time. What [...]

Amunhotep II (Part 2): The Pharaoh's Servant. The Vizier Rekh-mi-Re was a powerful and influential man. Serving Thutmose III, and then Amunhotep II, Rekhmire was the mayor of Thebes, and the Vizer (tjaty) of Upper Egypt. In his day, he dealt with judicial matters, administration, economics, petitions, and power politics. To his enduring credit, he [...]

Senuseret I (Part IV): Nubian Gold. Senuseret I is in need of funding. With so many monuments under construction, he needs resources, and fast. The king sends out his warriors, to obtain gold from many different sources... Direct Download (Save As mp3) Lower and Upper Nubia, showing the Wadi Halfa and Second Cataract (2) Elephantine/Aswan (Source: Wikipedia). [...]

Senuseret I (Part 3): Karnak. The reign of Senuseret I is notable for the swathe of construction projects initiated at the king's command. For the first time since the Old Kingdom, monuments are being erected up and down the Nile Valley. Most noteworthy are the contributions at Karnak, where the legendary temple finds its genesis; Elephantine, where existing temples [...]