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…

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…

Episode 65c: Little King Thutmose

Interlude: The Youth of Thutmose III 1495 – 1475 BCE. Thutmose III spent his youth in training: training for rituals and prayers, for governance and learning, and for military arts and warfare. He learned the arts of politics and government in the harem, which we explore for the first time. He also spent a great deal of…

Episode 52: Two Dynasties at Once

Canaanites, Egyptians and a Divided Kingdom (c.1700 BCE) Egypt is riven in two: Kings lose control of the North, and the land becomes a battleground. What went wrong? Direct Download (Save As mp3) Plague pit discovered at Avaris (Source: Gregory Mumford). The hypothesised bordes of the two kingdoms (Larger Resolution). The digitally reconstructed palace of…

Episode 49: From One Era to Another

Amenemhat IV: Dynasty 12 Nears Its End The nine-year reign of Maacheru-Re Amenemhat IV are unremarkable, but Egypt is entering into a fascinating period of international visibility. Foreigners from Canaan are moving into the country in larger and larger numbers, and will eventually cause enormous disruptions in the political world. We explore their origins and their culture……

Episode 48: End of an Era

The Approaching End of Dynasty XII Ny-ma’at-Re Amenemhat III is the last all-powerful ruler of Dynasty 12. In his 46 years of rule (1845-1798 BCE) there are notable expeditions and settlements in the Sinai, monumental construction projects in Dahshur, Hawara and Biahmu. Wealth and power belong to the king. But all is not well within…

Episode 47: Strong Ruler(s)

Senuseret III (Part V): Bean Counters, Surveyors and Gossips From 1865-45 BCE Egypt is quiet. Senuseret III comes to the end of his reign in either regnal year 19, or regnal year 35(ish). The throne soon passes to his son, but things get a bit…complicated first. We meet Heqa-nakht, a rural landlord who left us with…

Episode 44: The Shipwrecked Sailor

A Fable of the Sea. Sometime during the Twelfth Dynasty, a folk-tale was composed (or became popular) that would echo through the ages as one of Egypt’s most enduring tales. The Shipwrecked Sailor tells of a nameless Egyptian who is marooned on a mythical island. He meets a god, gains valuable wisdom of life, and…

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 42: Underworld

Senuseret III (Part I): The Secret Tombs Around 1880 BCE, one of Egypt’s most legendary kings takes the throne of the Two Lands:  Kha-kau-Re Senuseret III (“The Kas of Re Appear in Glory”). He initiates his 20+ year reign with an incredibly ambitious building program: two royal tombs are being built at once. At the same time,…