Amunhotep III (Part 2). In his first year of power (1400 - 1399 BCE), Amunhotep III began a whole string of  projects. Guided by his mother Mutemwia, the new king commissioned new monuments, quarrying efforts, and even undertook a great hunt. Twelve months of intense activity: all things considered, the reign began quite well... Direct Download [...]

Amunhotep III (Part 1). Neb-ma'at-Re Amunhotep came to power in 1400 BCE. At the age of just 12, he had already spent years being groomed for power. Even his birth was the subject of elaborate myths. In this episode, we explore the divine conception and the upbringing of a god on earth... Direct Download (Save [...]

(Interlude). Queen Mother Tiaa was a mighty lady indeed. Before coming to power as mother of Thutmose IV, Tiaa lived a comfortable life in the palace of the royal harem. This institution remains mysterious, but we know a little bit about it... Direct Download (Save As mp3) The main centres of this episode   From the [...]

Thutmose IV (Part 2). From 1418 to 1400 BCE, Men-kheperu-Re Thutmose IV ruled Egypt with capable mind and mighty arms. His reign saw some fascinating events pop up, including new mining expeditions in the Sinai (led by his wife, of all people) and a campaign against bedouin down in the gold country of Nubia. Along [...]

(Interlude). In 1418 BCE, Amunhotep II died. But he did not leave a clear heir, and the throne could have gone to a number of young princes. Almost immediately, the politicking began. Who would win? Only the Sphinx knew... Direct Download (Save As mp3) The Great Sphinx of Khafre: the unexpected centre of a political [...]

Amunhotep II (Part 6). Around 1420 BCE, Amunhotep II was entering his last days on the throne. The King was in his early forties, and beginning to feel his age. It was time to look for a successor; but with so many children (10+) around, who was the King going to choose? Direct Download (Save [...]

Thutmose III (Part 9): Supremacy and Insecurity. 1455 to 1450 BCE. In his last decade, Thutmose III demonstrated a cruel streak, born of insecurity and anxiety over power. 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 [...]

The religious year (3/12) The third month was called "Hathor" ("Athyr"). It was a time for renewing fertility and creative energies in the natural world. Festivals to the male god of sexual energy, and the widow and sister of Osiris dominated this time... Direct Download (Save As mp3) Min Warning: images may have objectionable sexual aspects [...]

Thutmose III (Part 7): Diplomacy & the Egyptian Empire. 1460 - 1455 BCE. After the brilliant campaign of regnal year 33, Thutmose enjoyed a period of peace and plenty. Foreign powers began to seek relations with Egypt, and the power of the Pharaoh appeared supreme. This manifested in the appearance of three unusual princesses... Direct [...]