Amunhotep the Son of Hapu (Part 1). In 1370 BCE, the pharaoh's closest advisor was already eighty years old. At such an advanced age, Amunhotep the son of Hapu was experienced, educated and wise. His accomplishments were many; but what is most fascinating about this man is how late he achieved prominence. And, what he did once fame [...]

To celebrate 100 episodes, I took your questions on all things ancient Egypt. If you didn't hear your question, I have sent out written responses. Some questions covered material already in the show, or on topics that don't have enough evidence to discuss in detail. Thanks for submitting! Direct Download (Save As mp3)   Egyptian [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 10): The Sed Festival, As Told by Kheruef Who Witnessed It. In regnal year 30, Amunhotep III celebrated the first of his sed-festivals. This was a spectacular event, with a number of rituals and performances celebrating the King's reign, and renewing his authority on earth. Some of these rites were truly arcane, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]