Episode 99: Sakhmet’s Demons

Amunhotep III (Part 9): The Dark Years. Between 1380 and 1370 BCE, Egypt may have suffered an outbreak of disease. In this decade, at least four royal family members died, and the political situation was irrevocably changed. It wasn’t all bad, though: around 1380, Queen Tiy went through the difficulties of childbirth and offered a…

Now We Have A Patreon!

The Podcast is now on Patreon.com, the  subscription website in which you can access rewards for a small monthly contribution. This doesn’t affect the main show (it’s free and always will be) but if you want to support my work this is the best way to do it. Pledging a small amount per week (as…

Episode 98: Young Bull Appearing In Memphis

Interlude: Royal Children on the Rise. From 1385 to 1380, the prince of Egypt Thutmose was climbing up the ranks. From a lowly sem-priest to the chief of a great temple, Thutmose was a quickly rising star. His sister, Sit-Amun, also leaves a tantalizing trace of her life. We explore a non-royal funeral, the cult…

Episode 97b: The In-Laws

Interlude: Queen Tiy’s Lucky Family. The family of Queen Tiy came from an interesting place, and led a fascinating life. Her mother and father – Tjuyu and Yuya – and her brother Anen enjoyed great privileges thanks to their family connections. In life, and in death, they left an enduring legacy… Direct Download (Save As…

Episode 97: What Does the Scarab Say?

Amunhotep III (Part 7): Three Tales of the Scarabs. From regnal years 9-11 (1932 – 1390 BCE), the royal court witnessed some very unusual developments. First, the King bagged his 100th lion while hunting. Then, the court welcomed a foreign princess, Gilu-khepa, who arrived as a diplomatic bride for the King. Finally, the court witnessed…

Syrian Tales (Free Release)

The Syrian Tales project was a great success, raising a goodly sum for charity. Nearly a year later, the war in Syria continues, and even gets worse. In the interests of preserving memories, and honoring sacrifices, I am releasing the Syrian Tales episodes to all. Please enjoy these stories, and remember the lost. Episode 1:…

A Tour to Egypt (Expressions of Interest)

Hi everyone. I want to run a tour to Egypt, and I want *you* to join. Are you interested? Check out this short announcement to learn more. Date: 30th December 2018 – 17th January 2019. Announcement (Save As mp3) Cost: $6000 USD (single supplement $500 USD may apply) Itinerary (Google Doc) at Google Drive The…

Mini Episode: Memphis River Blues

A scribe yearns for a holiday… Between 1400 and 1300 BCE, scribes wrote poems in a genre that I call “Memphis Blues.” They wrote of their tiredness, their need for a holiday, and their longing to travel to the great city of Men-nefer, aka Memphis. As they composed these works, they participated in a tradition that has…

Episode 96: The Colossi of Memnon

Interlude: Everything Bigger Than Everything Else. For 2000+ years, the Colossi of Memnon have dazzled visitors to Thebes. Greeks, Romans and modern tourists are enthralled by their size and spectacle. What are the statues doing there? In this episode, we explore the lost Mortuary Temple of Amunhotep III, in particular the immense statues which are…

Episode 95: Hundred-Gated Thebes

Amunhotep III (Part 6): City of a Hundred Pylons. In 1397 BCE, King Amunhotep III began a massive series of building projects in Thebes. At Karnak, Luxor Temple, and the new “Maru” viewing-place, the King inaugurated sanctuaries and gardens for the god Amun. We explore these monuments, and how they created a reputation that still…