Episode 78: The Duties of the Vizier

How to lead a Pharaoh’s kingdom (Part 1). 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,…

Episode 77: Lean and Swift

Amunhotep II (Part I): The Early Years (1459 to 1440 BCE): Amunhotep II enjoyed a privileged upbringing. He rode chariots, competed in sports activities, and even trained horses. When he ascended to power, he continued many of these habits. From the battle-field to the sports-field, Amunhotep II immediately set out to carve a distinct niche…

Episode 76: 54 Years of Splendour

Thutmose III (Part X): The End of Days. From 1450 to 1441 BCE, Thutmose enjoyed the last nine years of his rule. He commanded a final expedition; oversaw construction work at many sites; brought his tomb to completion; and made arrangements for the succession. Finally, the day came when Thutmose would face his creator… Direct Download…

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….

Mini Episode: Opet Festivities

The Religious Year (2/12). In the month of Pa-Opet (“Phaophi”) the Egyptians continued their long re-enactment of the myth of Osiris. They also celebrated a huge festival in honour of the Pharaoh. And they mummifed a bunch of rams, for some reason… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The processional way from Karnak (top, off-screen) to…

News From the Field 2

February 2017. There have been some exciting discoveries in the recent archaeological season! We find out what they were. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Children’s footprints in mortar, Qantir (Ahram.org) Entrance to the tomb of Khonsu, discovered at Luxor (Luxor Times) The legs that may belong to Queen Nefertari (LiveScience) Sources: Ahram.org – ‘Monumental’ Building…

Episode 71: Thirty-Two and Thirty

The Sed-Festival of Thutmose III In regnal year 30 (3 years before the Mitanni Campaign), Thutmose celebrates his first jubilee. The King must renew his powers and re-enact his coronation. For this he will need a new monument, a few gods, and a baseball bat… Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography J.G. Griffiths, “The Costume…

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 66: An Awkward Transition

Hatshepsut (Part VII): The End of Days After a long life, and an accomplished reign, Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut dies c.1473 BCE (regnal year 22/23 of Thutmose III). We thank some of those who made her reign possible, explore her legacy, and touch on the strange situation of her tomb. Do we have her mummy? We explore that,…

Episode 65b: Two Texts of Hatshepsut

A short break from the narrative history, as we dive deep into the texts of Hatshepsut’s Punt Expedition, and the historical narrative from her temple in Middle Egypt, the Speos Artemidos. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Punt (Naville) Punt (Naville) The great ships (Naville). The trees of Punt (Naville) Soldiers in Punt (Saint Louis Community…

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…

Episode 62: Holy of Holies

Regnal Year 7 of Thutmose III & Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut (1488 BCE)   In 1488 BCE Hatshepsut makes some of her most daring moves. She takes the throne, becoming the second of Egypt’s currently reigning kings. To solidify her old on power, Hatshepsut leads a short campaign to Nubia, and then begins work on a magnificent building project. We…