AKA Amunhotep IV (Episode 108)

Akhenaten (Part 1): Conventional Start. Around January of 1362 BCE, King Amunhotep IV came to power. Considering where he wound up, this King started off quite traditionally. In this episode, we explore the foundations of his rule: his first appearances in art, his early contributions to Karnak, and the agenda he set with his royal…

Queen Tiye (with Joyce Tyldesley) (Episode 107b)

Queen Tiye the Widow. After her husband’s death, Queen Tiye continued to act as the matriarch of a ruling family. Guiding her son (Amunhotep IV) in his first year of power, Tiye remained a steady influence at the court. To look at her life, post-Amunhotep III, I speak with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley (Part 1)… Listen online…

Looking Back (Episode 107)

Amunhotep III (Part 14): The End. It is time to wrap up the great king’s reign. From 1363-1362 BCE, Neb-ma’at-Re Amunhotep III suffered a decline in health, achieved a notable diplomatic victory, and celebrated one last Sed-Festival. In this episode, we explore the last years of the legendary pharaoh: his achievements, his pathology (preserved in…

Last Monuments (Episode 106b)

Bonus Episode! Lesser-known and Completed Monuments of Amunhotep III. By 1365 BCE, many of Amunhotep’s monuments were nearing completion. Some of these, though, have been forgotten – like the King’s elaborate contributions to the city of Memphis. In this episode, we try to reconstruct that temple – and see how the King glorified one of Egypt’s…

Taschen’s King Tut: Journey to the Underworld

Affiliate Advertisement. The History of Egypt Podcast is pleased to partner with Taschen books, the world’s leading publisher of high-quality art and photography works. Now, in conjunction with some of the world’s leading Egyptologists, photographer Sandro Vannini has compiled a gorgeous look at the material and artistic world which Tut’ankhamun inhabited. From his birth c.1350 BCE to his…

Mail Order Bride (Episode 106)

Amunhotep III (Part 13): Foreign Wives and Tiye Supreme. Amunhotep III was fortunate to live in the most peaceful and prosperous time of Egypt’s imperial history. From 1370 down to 1360, Egypt enjoyed a privileged position in the world: its gold was beyond measure, its influence reached all nations, and foreign kings begged pharaoh for…

The Sun King (Episode 105)

Amunhotep III (Part 12): Pharaoh as a God. By the time of his second Sed-Festival (in year 34), Amunhotep III had reached the pinnacle of his earthly influence and power. Some of this grandiosity manifested in a strange trend: from various sources, we get a sense of the King styling himself as a god. In…

A Wealthy House (Episode 104)

Daily Life for the Nobility. At the height of the 18th Dynasty, c.1370 BCE, wealthy Egyptians were enjoying an unprecedented degree of comfort. In this episode we explore some general features of life: the domestic spaces they inhabited, the food they consumed (and how it may have been prepared) and the furniture (including cosmetics) which…

The House of Rejoicing (Episode 103)

Amunhotep III (Part 11): The Royal Palace. By 1370 BCE, King Amunhotep III was living in a sumptuous palace at Thebes. Built for the first sed-festival, the “House of Rejoicing” aka Malqata was a magnificent structure with many beautiful elements. Today, we start to explore how a pharaoh lived and the lifestyle they enjoyed… Direct Download…