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…

Blog: Saving Smuggled Artifacts

It’s been a good week for the preservation of artifacts! Egypt and the USA have signed a new agreement, one of the first of its kind, to fight illegal artifacts trading. The USA, where possible, will seize artifacts entering the country illegally (ie, smuggled or stolen – not things being sent to museums or exhibitions)….

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…

Blog: What the Dutch Are Up To.

Exciting things are happening in the Netherlands right now, specifically at the National Museum of Antiquities. New projects are underway, new exhibitions are on, and all kinds of awesome research is being undertaken to uncover new secrets! Queens of the Nile & New Egyptian Galleries The Museum is hosting a new exhibit, “Queens of the…

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…

Blog: Oxford Gets Podcasting!

The University of Oxford, under the leadership of Professor Richard B. Parkinson is producing a new series of podcasts relating to ancient Egypt. They take the academic angle, so you get to listen to some world-class scholarship! Access the episodes here! — The Tale of Sinuhe (Reading):  https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/life-sinuhe — “The Queen Shrieks” – a lecture by…

Blog: A Virtual Exhibit

Objects come to life! Check out Birmingham Museum’s new virtual exhibit! OBJECTS COME TO LIFE is a new exploration, online, of some cool pieces from the museum’s treasure troves. See it here!    Like the show? Consider supporting with a donation!

An Egyptian Horror Story

Happy Halloween! We explore some ghostly visitations; one man’s attempt to gain the help of a long-dead spirit; some scoundrels scared straight by their encounters with the divine, and the Egyptian Guide to When Your Dreams Are Trying to Kill You. Join us for some horror stories, Egyptian style! Direct Download (Save As mp3) Bibliography:…

Episode 66: An Awkward Transition

Hatshepsut (Part VII): The End of Days After a long life, and an accomplished reign, Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut dies c.1473 BCE (regnal year 22/23 of Thutmose III). We thank some of those who made her reign possible, explore her legacy, and touch on the strange situation of her tomb. Do we have her mummy? We explore that,…

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…