ANNOUNCEMENT: the History of Egypt Podcast presents "Syrian Tales," a 3-part miniseries recounting stories from Bronze Age Syria (c.2400 to 1500 BCE). These episodes are available only by donation (here), and will release on July 01st (EST). When you donate, 100% of your donation will go to the International Rescue Committee fund for aiding victims [...]

Amunhotep II (Part 2): The Pharaoh's Servant. The Vizier Rekh-mi-Re was a powerful and influential man. Serving Thutmose III, and then Amunhotep II, Rekhmire was the mayor of Thebes, and the Vizer (tjaty) of Upper Egypt. In his day, he dealt with judicial matters, administration, economics, petitions, and power politics. To his enduring credit, he [...]

The Month of Cats and Snakes (The Religious Year 5/12). The fifth month, Ta-Abet ("the banquet offering") was a month for worshiping snakes and cats above all. In particular, the Egyptians celebrated the gods Nehebkau, Bastet, Mut and Wadjet. We meet three of these strange deities, and see why, for the Egyptians, cats and snakes went hand-in-hand [...]

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 [...]

Thutmose III (Part 9): Supremacy and Insecurity. 1455 to 1450 BCE. In his last decade, Thutmose III demonstrated a cruel streak, born of insecurity and anxiety over power. 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 [...]

Thutmose III (Part 8): The Final Campaigns. 1455 to 1450 BCE. After 20+ years of near-annual campaigning, Thutmose III finally came to the end of his life at war. We explore the last ten years of this process in one sweep... Direct Download (Save As mp3) Map of the episode's major sites (for larger view: [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Interlude: The General Djehuty and His Tricks. 1475 - 1450 BCE. 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 [...]