Episode 74: War Stories

The Final Campaigns of Thutmose III. After 20+ years of near-annual campaigning, Thutmose III finally comes to the end of his life at war. We explore the last ten years of this process in one sweep: successes (and failures) abound; there is diplomacy and war, and the King finally comes to a bloody resolution with…

Episode 73: The Three Princesses

Thutmose III (Part VII): Diplomacy & the Egyptian Empire After the brilliant campaign of regnal year 33, Thutmose enjoys a period of peace and plenty. Foreign powers begin to seek relations with Egypt, and the power of the Pharaoh appears supreme. This also manifests in the appearance of three unusual princesses… Direct Download (Save As…

Episode 70: The Napoleon of Egypt

Glory: The 8th Campaign of Thutmose III. In 1462 BCE, Thutmose demonstrates why they call him “the Napoleon of Egypt.” He leads a daring and audacious strike against his most deadly foes; this is the 8th Campaign – one of the greatest in Egyptian history. Direct Download (Save As mp3) Thutmose’s route of march (Full…

Episode 69: North by Northwest

Foreigners and Trade in the time of Thutmose III. We explore the world beyond the Egyptian Empire. Visiting the peoples of Crete (Keftiu), Cyprus (Alashiya) and Byblos (Kupna) we see what was happening beyond the realm of direct Egyptian rule. Oh, and there’s a goofy poem at the end. This episode turned out a bit…

Episode 68b: Deception at Joppa

The General Djehuty and his Marvellous Tricks Sometime in the reign of Thutmose III, a siege took place at Joppa (Tel Aviv, Israel). The Egyptians, never quite mastering siege-craft, were starving their enemy out, when an unusual opportunity presented itself. Thinking quickly, the wily Djehuty made a cunning plan… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The “face”…

Episode 68: Campaigns of Victory

The Settlement of Canaan: Thutmose III (Part II) From 1473 to 1470 BCE, Thutmose began organising his domains in Canaan. The area was transformed, as a network of Egyptian garrisons, forts and supply depots began to appear. This was all in service to much greater plans… In this episode we meet the Canaanites who surrendered…

Episode 67b: The Battle of Megiddo

A Dramatic Reading. In c. 1473 BCE, Thutmose III achieved his most notable victory. To help me bring the story to life, I’ve enlisted the help of several fellow podcasters. The result is a dramatic performance of Thutmose’s epic account, as it was written on the walls of Karnak Temple! Direct Download (Save As mp3)…

Episode 67: Armageddon

The Battle of Megiddo: Thutmose III (Part I) In 1473 BCE, regnal years 22/23, Thutmose III faces a rebellion. Enemies have gathered against him, and he must destroy them, or risk losing his empire in Canaan… Battle, audacity, and Monty Python ensues! Direct Download (Save As mp3) Megiddo today (Google Sites) The Battle in general…

Episode 65c: Little King Thutmose

Thutmose III (The Early Years) Thutmose III spent his youth in training: training for rituals and prayers, for governance and learning, and for military arts and warfare. He learned the arts of politics and government in the harem, which we explore for the first time. He also spent a great deal of time with the…

Episode 57: All Things Good and Pure

The New Kingdom begins with the reign of Amunhotep I. From 1530 BCE to 1510, Thebes enjoys a resurgence in wealth and power. Tombs become more elaborate, the middle-class of artisans and craftsmen grows, and the King’s building program puts the city on the path to great splendour. But Amunhotep I is not the greatest king…

Episode 56b: Restoring Splendour

The End of the Second Intermediate Period The Hyksos are on the run, pursued by King Ahmose I and his warriors. Into the lands of Palestine they go, towards their final confrontation at Sharuhen. Meanwhile, Queen Mother Ah-hotep leads the Theban army against a rebellion, in order to crush sedition and assert her family’s dominance. Finally,…

Episode 43: Dominion Over All

Senuseret III (Part II): Society and Death. The power of King Kha-kau-Re Senuseret III is absolute and the wealthy elite are responding accordingly. Abandoning the recent trend of building tombs in their hometowns, many officials are once again placing their tombs in the royal cemeteries, particularly at al-Lahun near the Faiyum Oasis. The king leads a short war southward,…