Episode 65b: Two Texts of Hatshepsut

Interlude: Hatshepsut’s Writings. 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…

Episode 63: Hatshepsut’s Excellent Adventure

Save As mp3 Hatshepsut (Part III): The Punt Expedition In 1488-1487 BCE, Egypt’s reigning Queen-King Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut launches her most famous project. Returning to the glory days of previous kings, she funds an expedition south, down the Red Sea coast, to the wonderful land of Punt. We journey to Punt, meet the locals, and see how it all…

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 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…

Smooth Sailing on Red Sea (Episode 30)

Montuhotep III: Peace, Wealth and Trade. The reign of Sankh-ka-Re Montuhotep III is a peaceful one. In his eighth year on the throne, the king decides to dispatch a great expedition to the legendary region of Punt. Led by the Steward and Chief of the Six Justice Courts Henenu, the expedition will trade for gum arabic,…

Episode 19: The Beloved of Re, Pepy

Pepy I & Weni the Elder (Part I) After Teti’s assassination(?), Pepy I finds it difficult to assert his authority. He must battle a usurper, Userkare and a conspiracy against his life. Court proceedings are taken, involving even a royal wife. Egyptian kings, it seems, are no longer inviolable. There is blood in the water, and…

Episode 11: Off To Punt We Go

Sahure and the Royal Fleet’s Great Expedition Userkaf passes the throne to his son, Sahure (“One Who is Close to Re”). For the first time in recorded history, a royal fleet is dispatched from Egypt’s Red Sea ports to visit the land of Punt. To commemorate the expedition, the king orders that his pyramid causeway be decorated in a lavish…