Reverend Mother (Episode 120)

Queen Tiye’s Retirement (Akhenaten Part 10). By 1351 BCE, regnal year 12, Akhenaten’s mother Tiye had been a royal lady for fifty years. Now in semi-retirement, living away from the political spotlight, Tiye’s public visibility was much lower than previously. Nevertheless, many artifacts survive to record her later life; and in year 12, the Queen returned…

Kha and Merit

Mini Episode. In 1906 CE, a tomb came to light in the hills west of Luxor. On February 15, archaeologists Ernesto Schiaperelli and Arthur Weigall uncovered and opened the hidden burial of Kha and Merit. These middle-class Egyptians, who lived c.1450-1390 BCE, had gone to their afterlife in a well-furnished sepulchre full of items they…

The Doomed Prince

Mini Episode. Sometime in the 18th Dynasty, perhaps around the time of Akhenaten, a fairy-tale became popular in Egypt. The story spoke of a prince, forced to flee his home after a prophecy foretold that he would die from one of three fates – a dog, a snake, or a crocodile. Leaving Egypt, the prince…

The Tale of Two Brothers

Mini Episode. The Tale of Two Brothers is a fairytale, composed sometime in the late 18th or early 19th Dynasties (c.1350-1250 BCE). It recounts the adventures of Bata and Anubis, two siblings who suffer injustice and misfortune. From adulterous wives to the perils of fate, Anubis and Bata seek to defend themselves and find peace,…

Tut-ankh-Aten (Episode 119)

A Royal Son Akhenaten (Part 9) Every pharaoh of ancient Egypt desired an heir, to continue the lineage of Horus and perpetuate the rule of their family bloodline. Akhenaten, we presume, was no different; and the king certainly seems to have been a doting husband and father. Art from the city of Akhet-Aten (Amarna) shows…

Priests and Provisions (Episode 118b)

Supporting the Temples of Aten (Amarna Part 6) To keep their government and economy running, the pharaohs of ancient Egypt relied on allies, servants and friends. Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re) was no exception. In this episode, we meet two of the King’s most prominent servants, the men who kept the great temples of Aten fed, supplied and running…

House of Aten (Episode 118)

The Great and Small Temples of Aten Amarna (Part 5). Akhenaten changed many features of ancient Egyptian religion. But although his god was distant and universal, He still needed a home. Today, we explore how Akhenaten made special provision for his god’s house. Two great temples, dedicated to the solar disc, rose on the east bank…

Akhnaten: A MetOpera Interview

Interlude: An Interview with Akhnaten In 1983, Philip Glass debuted his opera Akhnaten, a bold musical exploration of the pharaoh, his reign and his legacy in ancient Egypt. Now, Akhnaten returns with The Metropolitan Opera, New York,  from November 8th to December 7th, 2019. It will be broadcast worldwide in cinemas. Find tickets to the live…

2020 Tour, Expressions of Interest

A Tour and a Cruise Hi everyone, by request of listeners I am considering leading a tour in August or September 2020. This will include a Nile Cruise for part of the journey, and be a wonderful trip through ancient Egypt. If you are interested, drop me an email at egyptpodcast@gmail.com. This isn’t a commitment…

Adoring Ra (Episode 117)

Akhenaten (Part 8) Precursors to Atenism Prior to Akhenaten’s reign, the worship of Ra had been developing in fascinating ways. From Thebes, a variety of tomb texts show us hints of pharaoh’s beliefs, explored by other people before his reign ever began. Ancient Egyptian theology was complex, but certain trends and deities are relatively simple…