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…

A Wealthy House (Episode 104)

Daily Life for the Nobility. At the height of the 18th Dynasty, c.1370 BCE, wealthy Egyptians were enjoying an unprecedented degree of comfort. In this episode we explore some general features of life: the domestic spaces they inhabited, the food they consumed (and how it may have been prepared) and the furniture (including cosmetics) which…

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…

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…

Episode 98: Young Bull Appearing In Memphis

Interlude: Royal Children on the Rise. From 1385 to 1380, the prince of Egypt Thutmose was climbing up the ranks. From a lowly sem-priest to the chief of a great temple, Thutmose was a quickly rising star. His sister, Sit-Amun, also leaves a tantalizing trace of her life. We explore a non-royal funeral, the cult…

Episode 97b: The In-Laws

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…

Mini Episode: Birthday Festivities

The Egyptian Religious Year (Part 12/12). The Egyptian year ended on a down-note. Thanks to a string of “unlucky” days, the ancients experienced a time of uncertainty and disorder in their lives. Part of this was due to the fact that the end of the year was co-opted entirely by Sakhmet, Lady of War and…

Episode 88: Lady of the Lake

(Interlude). Queen Mother Tiaa was a mighty lady indeed. Before coming to power as mother of Thutmose IV, Tiaa lived a comfortable life in the palace of the royal harem. This institution remains mysterious, but we know a little bit about it… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The main centres of this episode   From the…

Mini Episode: Flower Festivities

The Religious Year (Part 10+11). As the end of year approached, the Egyptians celebrated some essential festivals to honour the past and prepare for the future. With the harvest now underway, and the flood on the horizon, the Egyptians first celebrated the memory of their ancestors, and then made offerings to Hapy: lord of the…