An Egyptian couple relax in a garden, and share a moment of love... Four poems of romance, exploring the courtship of an ancient couple. Note: these poems contain erotic / sexual elements that may not be suitable for all ages. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology [...]

Three Love Poems of the 18th Dynasty. Around 1400 BCE, scribes and composers put together delightful works exploring themes of love, longing, lust and courtship. They told tales from both male and female perspectives, describing the emotions and sensations of their desires and affections. In this mini episode, we explore three short poems. Direct Download [...]

A scribe yearns for a holiday... Between 1400 and 1300 BCE, scribes wrote poems in a genre that I call "Memphis Blues." They wrote of their tiredness, their need for a holiday, and their longing to travel to the great city of Men-nefer, aka Memphis. As they composed these works, they participated in a tradition that has [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]