Resources for Interested Listeners.

Enjoying the podcast, but want to go deeper into Egyptian history? Here is a starting place: a library of resources you can use to gain greater insight into the culture, language and stories of this amazing people. I try to update the list regularly, but let me know if there is something missing which people should know about!

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Hieroglyphics and the Ancient Egyptian Language


  • Mark Collier & Bill Manley, How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself, 2003 (Revised Edition). Amazon
  • Bill Manley, Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners, 2012. Amazon
  • Bill Petty, Hieroglyphic Dictionary: A Vocabulary of the Middle Egyptian Language, 2012. Amazon

University Course Books:

  • Raymond O. Faulkner, A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian, 1988-1991. Digital
  • James Hoch, Middle Egyptian Grammar, 1997. Amazon
  • Claude Obsomer, Hieroglyphic Egyptian: A Practical Grammar of Middle Egyptian, 2016. Safran
  • James Allen, Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hierogylphs. Amazon (NOTE: not recommended for beginners)


General Histories of Egyptian Culture

  • David P. Silverman (editor), Ancient Egypt, 2003. Amazon(NOTE: dated, but still good).
  • Ian Shaw (editor), The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt, 2000. Amazon(NOTE: dated, but still good).
  • Marc van de Mieroop, A History of Ancient Egypt, 2010. Amazon
  • Jan Assmann, The Mind of Egypt, 2002. Amazon (NOTE: slightly controversial, but undeniably compelling reading).
  • Toby Wilkinson, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, 2013. Amazon
  • John Romer, A History of Ancient Egypt from the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid, 2013.
  • John Romer, A History of Ancient Egypt Volume 2: from the Great Pyramid to the Fall of the Middle Kingdom, 2017. Amazon


Ancient Texts and Literature

  • Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Volume I (Old and Middle Kingdoms); Volume II (New Kingdom); Volume III (Late Period), 2006 (revised editions).
  • William Kelly Simpson (editor), The Literature of Ancient Egypt, 2003. Amazon
  • Richard Parkinson, The Tale of Sinuhe and Other Ancient Egyptian Poems 1940-1640 B.C., 2009. Amazon
  • Raymond Faulkner, Ogden Goelet et al., The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth By Day,  2015 (Revised Edition). Amazon (NOTE: essential for anyone interested in this Book; do not use Budge).
  • Richard Parkinson, Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark Side to Perfection, 2002. Amazon
  • William Murnane, Texts from the Amarna Period in Egypt, 1995. Amazon
  • Edward Wente, Letters from Ancient Egypt, 1990. Amazon
  • Toby Wilkinson, Writings from Ancient Egypt, 2017. Amazon
  • John L. Foster, Hymns, Prayers and Songs: An Anthology of Ancient Egyptian Lyric Poetry, 1996. Amazon


Archaeology, Religion, Culture and Society

  • Kathryn Bard, An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, 2015 (2nd Edition). Amazon (NOTE: an excellent overview of important sites, theories and evidence on a wide range of topics).
  • Mark Lehner and Zahi Hawass, Giza and the Pyramids: The Definitive History, 2017. Amazon (NOTE: essential reading for anyone interested in the pyramids of Giza, their construction and history).
  • Mark Lehner, The Complete Pyramids, 1997. Amazon (Note: dated, but still valuable). Digital
  • Richard Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003. Amazon
  • Geraldine Pinch, Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt, 2004. Amazon
  • Donna Napoli, Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, 2013. Amazon (NOTE: Beautiful art, great for kids)
  • Nicholas Reeves and Richard Wilkinson, The Complete Valley of the Kings, 2008. Amazon
  • Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, 2010. Amazon
  • Howard Carter and A.C. Mace, The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen, 2012. Amazon


Media & Fiction

  • Mika Waltari, The Egyptian, 1949 (Dated but impressive for the time; based on Sinuhe). Amazon
  • Wilbur Smith, River God, 1993 (entertaining and detailed). Amazon
  • Board Game: Valley of the Kings (I own this one, it’s quite fun). Amazon
  • Movie: The Mummy Trilogy, 1999-2008 (the first one is great, don’t deny it). Amazon
  • Movie: The Mummy: The Complete Legacy Edition, 1932-1955 (classics). Amazon
  • Video Game: Pharaoh, 1999 (with Cleopatra expansion).
  • Video Game: Assassin’s Creed: Origins, 2017 (great detail, lots of fun). Playstation 4, Xbox One and Paul Davies, The Art of Assassin’s Creed Origins, 2017. Amazon