Episode 97b: The In-Laws

Interlude: Queen Tiy’s Lucky Family. The family of Queen Tiy came from an interesting place, and led a fascinating life. Her mother and father – Tjuyu and Yuya – and her brother Anen enjoyed great privileges thanks to their family connections. In life, and in death, they left an enduring legacy… Direct Download (Save As…

Episode 97: What Does the Scarab Say?

Amunhotep III (Part 7): Three Tales of the Scarabs. From regnal years 9-11 (1932 – 1390 BCE), the royal court witnessed some very unusual developments. First, the King bagged his 100th lion while hunting. Then, the court welcomed a foreign princess, Gilu-khepa, who arrived as a diplomatic bride for the King. Finally, the court witnessed…

Syrian Tales (Free Release)

The Syrian Tales project was a great success, raising a goodly sum for charity. Nearly a year later, the war in Syria continues, and even gets worse. In the interests of preserving memories, and honoring sacrifices, I am releasing the Syrian Tales episodes to all. Please enjoy these stories, and remember the lost. Episode 1:…

A Tour to Egypt (Expressions of Interest)

Hi everyone. I want to run a tour to Egypt, and I want *you* to join. Are you interested? Check out this short announcement to learn more. Date: 30th December 2018 – 17th January 2019. Announcement (Save As mp3) Cost: $6000 USD (single supplement $500 USD may apply) Itinerary (Google Doc) at Google Drive The…

Mini Episode: Memphis River Blues

A scribe yearns for a holiday… Between 1400 and 1300 BCE, scribes wrote poems in a genre that I call “Memphis Blues.” They wrote of their tiredness, their need for a holiday, and their longing to travel to the great city of Men-nefer, aka Memphis. As they composed these works, they participated in a tradition that has…

Episode 96: The Colossi of Memnon

Interlude: Everything Bigger Than Everything Else. For 2000+ years, the Colossi of Memnon have dazzled visitors to Thebes. Greeks, Romans and modern tourists are enthralled by their size and spectacle. What are the statues doing there? In this episode, we explore the lost Mortuary Temple of Amunhotep III, in particular the immense statues which are…

Episode 95: Hundred-Gated Thebes

Amunhotep III (Part 6): City of a Hundred Pylons. In 1397 BCE, King Amunhotep III began a massive series of building projects in Thebes. At Karnak, Luxor Temple, and the new “Maru” viewing-place, the King inaugurated sanctuaries and gardens for the god Amun. We explore these monuments, and how they created a reputation that still…

Episode 94: The Pools of Horus

Amunhotep III (Part 5): Exploring Nubia. In September 1397 BCE, Amunhotep III took a trip far beyond his borders. He and his warriors traversed the Bayuda Desert, explored the wastes, and came to mysterious lands deep in the lands of Nubia (Sudan). What transpired was a story for the annals… Direct Download (Save As mp3)…

Episode 93: The River War

Amunhotep III (Part 4): The Nubian War. In late 1397 BCE, Amunhotep III received word of a rebellion in Nubia. A local chieftain, Ikheny, had gathered warriors and risen up in revolt. The pharaoh, just seventeen years old, was eager for a chance to prove himself. He gathered his warriors, and invaded Nubia… Direct Download…

Mini Episode: Love Songs

A look at New Kingdom love songs, as they survive. We see how the Egyptians felt and explored love, and encounter songs written from both the male and female perspective… Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography Renata Landgrafova, Sex and the Golden Goddess: Ancient Egyptian Love Songs in Context 2009. A.G. McDowell, Village Life in…