Nefertiti (Episode 109)

Akhenaten (Part 2): The Great Queen(s). In 1361 BCE, Amunhotep IV was settled into his power. It was time to find a queen – his choice would be one of Egypt’s most famous women. This episode covers Amunhotep’s diplomatic engagements with Mitanni and the first appearance (and origins) of Nefertiti. Also, we present part 2…

Mail Order Bride (Episode 106)

Amunhotep III (Part 13): Foreign Wives and Tiye Supreme. Amunhotep III was fortunate to live in the most peaceful and prosperous time of Egypt’s imperial history. From 1370 down to 1360, Egypt enjoyed a privileged position in the world: its gold was beyond measure, its influence reached all nations, and foreign kings begged pharaoh for…

Colourful Keftiu (Episode 102b)

Twilight on Crete. In 1370 BCE an Egyptian embassy visited the Aegean. They came to see the Keftiu, aka the Minoans, who led a charmed life. They built enormous palace and temple cities, worshipped in sacred spaces and created beautiful art pieces. For a thousand years the Keftiu ruled Crete and enjoyed security. Until now……

An Egyptian Odyssey (Episode 102)

Passage to Mycenae. In 1370 BCE an Egyptian embassy may have travelled to the lands of Greece. They visited the people called Tanaiu, aka the Mycenaeans, who were a rising power in their region. From their hilltop cities, the Mycenaeans expanded their power, built magnificent tombs and worshipped some ancient but familiar deities. Let’s visit!…