Episode 65b: Two Texts of Hatshepsut

Interlude: Hatshepsut’s Writings. A short break from the narrative history, as we dive deep into the texts of Hatshepsut’s Punt Expedition, and the historical narrative from her temple in Middle Egypt, the Speos Artemidos. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Punt (Naville) Punt (Naville) The great ships (Naville). The trees of Punt (Naville) Soldiers in Punt…

Episode 63: Hatshepsut’s Excellent Adventure

Save As mp3 Hatshepsut (Part III): The Punt Expedition In 1488-1487 BCE, Egypt’s reigning Queen-King Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut launches her most famous project. Returning to the glory days of previous kings, she funds an expedition south, down the Red Sea coast, to the wonderful land of Punt. We journey to Punt, meet the locals, and see how it all…

Episode 43: Dominion Over All

Senuseret III (Part II): Society and Death. The power of King Kha-kau-Re Senuseret III is absolute and the wealthy elite are responding accordingly. Abandoning the recent trend of building tombs in their hometowns, many officials are once again placing their tombs in the royal cemeteries, particularly at al-Lahun near the Faiyum Oasis. The king leads a short war southward,…

Episode 39: The Wealth of Asia

Nub-Kau-Re Amenemhat II (Part 2). From 1927 – 1910 BCE, Nub-Kau-Re Amenemhat II launches expeditions to lands outside Egypt. Trade missions to and from the Levant (Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine) bring wealth and exotic goods into Egypt. Treasures even come from southern Turkey and the Aegean Sea, finding their way into the temples being built or renovated by the king….

Episode 38: Burial Rites

Nubkaure Amenmhat II (Part I). Life is good in Egypt around 1927 BCE. Nub-kau-Re Amenmhat II is blessed with peace and a long reign, and he is capable to boot. The king’s pyramid complex at Dahshur is the source of an incredibly rare find: the intact burials of Princess Ita and Queen Khnum-et. Their gorgeous jewelry is among…

Episode 37: Imperial Projects

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)….

Episode 31: Seven Empty Years

The Forgotten Years of Montuhotep IV. The Turin Canon (King-List) records the seven years of Montuhotep IV as “a period in which no king reigned.” And no images or official documents survive from his reign. Why? We explore the reasons for Montuhotep’s removal from history, including a journey out into the Wadi Hammamat once again, then…

Episode 22: Pepy Lives

Pepy II (Part II): Authority Abroad. Twenty-five ears into his reign, Pepy II is established in power. But can this monarch rule effectively on his own, without the guidance he received as a child? To project his authority, Pepy commissions royal agents to represent him in foreign lands. Four men are drawn from two families. From…

Episode 21: The Excited Child

Pepy II (Part I): the Child King At just six-years old, the new King of Upper and Lower Egypt Pepy II cannot possibly exercise power on his own. Enter his mother, Ankh-enes-Pepy, who oversees the kingdom on his behalf. In a short sojourn to the countryside, we meet Qar, a noble who handles agriculture and cattle-rearing in Upper…

Episode 20: Expeditions and Explorers

Weni the Elder (Part II): Service in the South Following his admirable service to Pepy I thus far, Weni the Elder is then dispatched south to Upper Egypt, to serve as the royal Overseer. Soon after, a new king Merenre keeps Weni on-staff, and sends him to Nubia on a very special mission… Direct Download (Save As mp3)…