House of Meritaten (Episode 125)

A Princess of Egypt. In 1351 BCE, princess Meritaten was approximately ten years old. The king’s eldest daughter, Meritaten was the foremost child of the royal family, front and centre of art and propaganda. Whether it was statuary, shrines, stelae, or palaces, Meritaten enjoyed the privileges of being a princess of ancient Egypt. What was…

Episode 87: Comforts of Power

Thutmose IV (Part 2). From 1418 to 1400 BCE, Men-kheperu-Re Thutmose IV ruled Egypt with capable mind and mighty arms. His reign saw some fascinating events pop up, including new mining expeditions in the Sinai (led by his wife, of all people) and a campaign against bedouin down in the gold country of Nubia. Along…

Episode 86: Doing God’s Work

Thutmose IV (Part 1). A new pharaoh arose in 1418 BCE. Almost immediately he took reprisals against enemies, rewarded the god that had helped him into power, and then set off for a war in foreign lands. Thutmose’s first two years were then capped with a magnificent achievement: a lasting peace with the empire of Mitanni……

Episode 82: That Which is in the Underworld

The Book of the Hidden Chamber (Amduat) In the mid-18th Dynasty (c.1430 BCE), pharaohs were decorating their tombs with a beautiful and intricate set of religious images. These texts/scenes comprised the Amduat (“That Which is in the Underworld”), and they told the story of Re’s journey through the night-time hours. In twelve chapters, Re travelled…

Episode 81: The Book of the Dead

The Architect Kha and his Book of Going Forth by Day In the days of Amunhotep II (c.1420 BCE), a royal architect named Kha commissioned a funerary text for his tomb. This text was a magnificent rendition of the Book of the Dead. To celebrate Kha’s work, and the survival of his tomb, we take…

Episode 80: Servant of Great Gods

Amunhotep II (Part 4): Worshiping the Sphinx Before he became King, Amunhotep II made a promise to revitalize worship at the Giza necropolis. Once Pharaoh, he fulfilled that promise in spectacular fashion… Direct Download (Save As mp3) The Sphinx Temple of Amunhotep II (GizaPyramids.org) The Sphinx Temple of Amunhotep II, with limestone gateway and the…

Episode 45: The Book of Two Ways.

Senuseret III (Part III): The Coffin Texts. Circa 1867 BCE the cultural products of Egypt are developing rapidly. As part of a generations-long process, the aristocracy are now taking a greater share in its rewards than ever before. They paint spells, hymns and stories upon their coffins, giving them access to the realm of Osiris and breaking…