The Aten Appears (Episode 110)

Akhenaten (Part 3): Revelation of a Religion. Soon after he came to power, Amunhotep IV (later Akhenaten) began to reveal his unique vision of god and the world. A remarkable amount of evidence survives for this crucial period: from a royal speech, magnificent temples at Karnak and a massive artistic shift, the King revealed his…

The Sun King (Episode 105)

Amunhotep III (Part 12): Pharaoh as a God. By the time of his second Sed-Festival (in year 34), Amunhotep III had reached the pinnacle of his earthly influence and power. Some of this grandiosity manifested in a strange trend: from various sources, we get a sense of the King styling himself as a god. In…

Egyptian Religion with Dr. Campbell Price (Episode 101b)

Amunhotep Hapu, Private Worship, and Immortality. My guest today is Dr. Campbell Price, who generously sat down to talk about non-royal statues and the immortality of Amunhotep son of Hapu. How did an ordinary Egyptian earn the right to display themselves in stone statues? What purpose did these fulfil? And what does Amunhotep have to…

Mini Episodes: Music in Ancient Egypt

Two mini episodes about music! Music was everywhere in ancient Egypt: in the fields, in the temple, on the parade ground, and in the home. Songs and compositions were a part of daily life, and abundant evidence survives for the art of musicianship in the ancient world. In two mini episodes we explore some of…

Episode 100: Celebration

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,…

Episode 98: Young Bull Appearing In Memphis

Interlude: Royal Children on the Rise. From 1385 to 1380, the prince of Egypt Thutmose was climbing up the ranks. From a lowly sem-priest to the chief of a great temple, Thutmose was a quickly rising star. His sister, Sit-Amun, also leaves a tantalizing trace of her life. We explore a non-royal funeral, the cult…

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…

Mini Episode: Birthday Festivities

The Egyptian Religious Year (Part 12/12). The Egyptian year ended on a down-note. Thanks to a string of “unlucky” days, the ancients experienced a time of uncertainty and disorder in their lives. Part of this was due to the fact that the end of the year was co-opted entirely by Sakhmet, Lady of War and…

Mini Episode: Flower Festivities

The Religious Year (Part 10+11). As the end of year approached, the Egyptians celebrated some essential festivals to honour the past and prepare for the future. With the harvest now underway, and the flood on the horizon, the Egyptians first celebrated the memory of their ancestors, and then made offerings to Hapy: lord of the…

Mini Episode: Onion Festivities

The Religious Year (8+9). The planting season (peret) was ending; the season of harvest (shemu) was starting. Over these two months, Egyptians looked to the fields, and the gods that would protect the growth of the crops. To guarantee divine favour and protection, they looked to beings that would protect them from hardship or hazard….