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….

Episode 74: War Stories

Thutmose III (Part VIII): The Final Campaigns.   After 20+ years of near-annual campaigning, Thutmose III finally comes to the end of his life at war. We explore the last ten years of this process in one sweep: successes (and failures) abound; there is diplomacy and war, and the King finally comes to a bloody…

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…

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…

Episode 68b: Deception at Joppa

The General Djehuty and his Marvellous Tricks Sometime in the reign of Thutmose III, a siege took place at Joppa (Tel Aviv, Israel). The Egyptians, never quite mastering siege-craft, were starving their enemy out, when an unusual opportunity presented itself. Thinking quickly, the wily Djehuty made a cunning plan… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The “face”…

Episode 67b: The Battle of Megiddo

A Dramatic Reading. In c. 1473 BCE, Thutmose III achieved his most notable victory. To help me bring the story to life, I’ve enlisted the help of several fellow podcasters. The result is a dramatic performance of Thutmose’s epic account, as it was written on the walls of Karnak Temple! Direct Download (Save As mp3)…

Episode 67: Armageddon

The Battle of Megiddo: Thutmose III (Part I) In 1473 BCE, regnal years 22/23, Thutmose III faces a rebellion. Enemies have gathered against him, and he must destroy them, or risk losing his empire in Canaan… Battle, audacity, and Monty Python ensues! Direct Download (Save As mp3) Megiddo today (Google Sites) The Battle in general…

Blog: Oxford Gets Podcasting!

The University of Oxford, under the leadership of Professor Richard B. Parkinson is producing a new series of podcasts relating to ancient Egypt. They take the academic angle, so you get to listen to some world-class scholarship! Access the episodes here! — The Tale of Sinuhe (Reading):  https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/life-sinuhe — “The Queen Shrieks” – a lecture by…

An Egyptian Horror Story

Happy Halloween! We explore some ghostly visitations; one man’s attempt to gain the help of a long-dead spirit; some scoundrels scared straight by their encounters with the divine, and the Egyptian Guide to When Your Dreams Are Trying to Kill You. Join us for some horror stories, Egyptian style! Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography:…

Episode 65: Hatshepsut of Millions of Years

Hatshepsut (Part V): Monuments and the Jubilee.   From 1485-1477, regnal years 10-17 of Hatshepsut, the Kingdom of Egypt is in a flurry of building work. Monuments are going up all over Egypt, requiring the work of thousands. These projects culminate in the year 16 sed-festival, Hatshepsut’s grand jubilee: an anniversary….but of what? Additional vocals provided…

Mini-Episode: Dancers for God

Dance the Magic Dance! In a short break from our narrative, we meet three sets of ancient entertainers. From Thebes to Avaris, the lifestyles of the ancients involved many kinds of festivity. Whether it was dancing for a hostess or god, leaping over charging bulls, or just getting roaring drunk, the Egyptians did it all!…