Mini Episode: Banquet Festivities

The Month of Cats and Snakes (The Religious Year 5/12). The fifth month, Ta-Abet (“the banquet offering”) was a month for worshiping snakes and cats above all. In particular, the Egyptians celebrated the gods Nehebkau, Bastet, Mut and Wadjet. We meet three of these strange deities, and see why, for the Egyptians, cats and snakes went hand-in-hand…

Episode 76: 54 Years of Splendour

Thutmose III (Part X): The End of Days. From 1450 to 1441 BCE, Thutmose enjoyed the last nine years of his rule. He commanded a final expedition; oversaw construction work at many sites; brought his tomb to completion; and made arrangements for the succession. Finally, the day came when Thutmose would face his creator… Direct Download…

Mini Episode: Khoiak Festivities

The Religious Year (4/12). The month of Khoiak (Ka hr Ka, “Ka upon Ka”) was a time to celebrate Osiris, Hathor and the god Sokar. As the flood season ended, the Egyptians looked to close the chapter on their re-enactment of the Osiris myth. They ended the season with a divine marriage, a craftsmen’s festival, and a…

Episode 75: Thutmose Triumphant

Thutmose III (Part IX): Supremacy and Insecurity.   From 1455 to 1450 BCE, Thutmose III demonstrated a surprising shift in attitude; he became anxious and insecure. The King’s insecurities centered on issues of legitimacy (his own) and security (for his son). What stimulated these? What else: the lingering question of Queen Hatshepsut and her unorthodox rule….

Mini Episode: Hathor Festivities

The religious year (3/12) The third month was called “Hathor” (“Athyr”). It was a time for renewing fertility and creative energies in the natural world. Festivals to the male god of sexual energy, and the widow and sister of Osiris dominated this time… Direct Download (Save As mp3) Min Warning: images may have objectionable sexual aspects…

Episode 73: The Three Princesses

Thutmose III (Part VII): Diplomacy & the Egyptian Empire After the brilliant campaign of regnal year 33, Thutmose enjoys a period of peace and plenty. Foreign powers begin to seek relations with Egypt, and the power of the Pharaoh appears supreme. This also manifests in the appearance of three unusual princesses… Direct Download (Save As…

Mini Episode: Opet Festivities

The Religious Year (2/12). In the month of Pa-Opet (“Phaophi”) the Egyptians continued their long re-enactment of the myth of Osiris. They also celebrated a huge festival in honour of the Pharaoh. And they mummifed a bunch of rams, for some reason… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The processional way from Karnak (top, off-screen) to…

Episode 71: Thirty-Two and Thirty

The Sed-Festival of Thutmose III In regnal year 30 (3 years before the Mitanni Campaign), Thutmose celebrates his first jubilee. The King must renew his powers and re-enact his coronation. For this he will need a new monument, a few gods, and a baseball bat… Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography J.G. Griffiths, “The Costume…

Mini Episode: Inauguration Day

In a shameless tie-in with recent events, we take a look at how an Egyptian king was selected, and then crowned.  The process could be more complicated than you might expect… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The persea tree, being inscribed with the names of the King. Bibliography: Lana Troy, “Religion and Cult During the Time…

Blog: Saving Smuggled Artifacts

It’s been a good week for the preservation of artifacts! Egypt and the USA have signed a new agreement, one of the first of its kind, to fight illegal artifacts trading. The USA, where possible, will seize artifacts entering the country illegally (ie, smuggled or stolen – not things being sent to museums or exhibitions)….

Blog: What the Dutch Are Up To.

Exciting things are happening in the Netherlands right now, specifically at the National Museum of Antiquities. New projects are underway, new exhibitions are on, and all kinds of awesome research is being undertaken to uncover new secrets! Queens of the Nile & New Egyptian Galleries The Museum is hosting a new exhibit, “Queens of the…

Blog: A Virtual Exhibit

Objects come to life! Check out Birmingham Museum’s new virtual exhibit! OBJECTS COME TO LIFE is a new exploration, online, of some cool pieces from the museum’s treasure troves. See it here!    Like the show? Consider supporting with a donation!