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…

Adoring Ra (Episode 117)

Akhenaten (Part 8) Precursors to Atenism Prior to Akhenaten’s reign, the worship of Ra had been developing in fascinating ways. From Thebes, a variety of tomb texts show us hints of pharaoh’s beliefs, explored by other people before his reign ever began. Ancient Egyptian theology was complex, but certain trends and deities are relatively simple…

Akhenaten Phase 1 (Summary)

The Story So Far… We’ve covered a lot since Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten appeared on the throne of Egypt. Today, we take a breather to sort it all out and summarise what we’ve seen so far. This will put us on a good footing for even more drama in the years to come… Date: c.1357…

Hatiay’s House (Episode 115)

Amarna (Part 3): Elite Houses. The Overseer of Works, Hatiay, was one of Akhenaten’s most prominent and useful servants. He helped build pharaoh’s new city, bringing the vision to life, by organising work teams and resources for the massive construction projects. Along the way, Hatiay received many perks, including one of the nicest houses discovered…

Akh-en-Aten (Episode 113)

Akhenaten (Part 6): New Name, Who Dis? In regnal year 5, Amunhotep IV reached the conclusion of his early ideological development. His views had crystallized and he was ready to express them more explicitly than before. Soon, pharaoh issued a public declaration; he would now be called Akh-en-Aten… Time Period: c.1358 BCE (regnal year 5)…

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…

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…

Mini Episodes: Music in Ancient Egypt

Two mini episodes about music! Music was everywhere in ancient Egypt: in the fields, in the temple, on the parade ground, and in the home. Songs and compositions were a part of daily life, and abundant evidence survives for the art of musicianship in the ancient world. In two mini episodes we explore some of…