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 50: Between Two Worlds

Crises of 1776 BCE Dynasty 12 ends with a remarkable twist: Neferu-Sobek, a woman, takes the throne and rules as a King. Her reign lasts three years, ten months, and twenty-four days, ending in 1776 BCE. With her death, a 205-year-old legacy comes to an end, and the Middle Kingdom passes from our story. We…

Episode 49: From One Era to Another

Amenemhat IV: Dynasty 12 Nears Its End The nine-year reign of Maa-cheru-Re Amenemhat IV may seem 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…

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 46: Crushing Our Enemies

Senuseret III (Part IV): Fortifying Our Borders, Destroying Our Foes 1864 BCE, regnal year 16 of Kha-kau-Re Senuseret III. The king launches another campaign into Nubia, which sees the border set at the southern community of Semna. He commissions new fortresses at Uronarti, and improves upon those at Mirgassa and Askut, which fill important functions in their region. Plunder, trade, captives…

Episode 45: The Book of Two Ways.

Senuseret III (Part III): The Coffin Texts. Circa 1867 BCE the cultural products of Egypt are developing rapidly. As part of a generations-long process, the aristocracy are now taking a greater share in its rewards than ever before. They paint spells, hymns and stories upon their coffins, giving them access to the realm of Osiris and breaking…