Amurrites and Where to Find Them (Episode 123)

Abdi-Ashirta and the Rise of Amurru. In the later years of Amunhotep III (father of Akhenaten) and the early years of Akhenaten himself, events in the north began to trouble the royal court. The Egyptian empire, long established in Canaan and Syria, was under threat. Great powers were rising, and regional vassals were starting to…

Letters from the Capital (Episode 122)

A Man Living Alone. In the midst of Akhenaten’s whirlwind reforms, and his radical decisions, it’s easy to forget the impact this probably had on ordinary people. How did the folks who followed Akhenaten adjust to life in a completely new city? A few letters and texts, excavated in the old capital, give us a…

Discounts on Ra Egyptian Skincare

Ra Egyptian is a skincare company on a mission, to make the awe-inspiring civilization and history of ancient Egypt tangible through clean, sustainable beauty products. They draw ingredients and scents directly from ancient Egyptian history and specifically tailor products to restore your skin. They source ethically, from countries that once traded with Egypt. And they…

Ruler of the Horizons (Episode 121)

Akhenaten (Part 11): Foreigners Submit. By 1351 BCE, Akhenaten had achieved many of his early goals. His city, Akhet-Aten, was established, his religious ideas were reaching maturity, and the King could begin to express his vision of Aten in a new way. Finally, pharaoh could celebrate his mastery over foreign populations. Thus, in 1351 BCE,…

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…

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…