Episode 13: The Hairdressers Cometh

Niuserre and the Up-and-Comers The new ruler Niuserre, son of Neferirkare, has taken the crown after the passing of his uncle Raneferef. And the times they are a-changing, with an interesting new class of non-blooded officials rising to the highest levels of administration. By dint of their close friendship and service to the king two manicurists, Ny-ankh-Khnum (“The…

Episode 12: I Make the Soul Beautiful

Neferirkare and Khentykaus II The reign of Sahure draws to a close, and soon the throne passes to his mature son Neferirkare Kakai (“I make beautiful the soul of Re”).  Direct Download (Save As mp3) The great wife of the king, Khenty-kaus II (right) wields enormous influence the royal household and the kingdom itself. Even represented wearing the uraeus…

Episode 11: Off To Punt We Go

Sahure and the Royal Fleet’s Great Expedition Userkaf passes the throne to his son, Sahure (“One Who is Close to Re”). For the first time in recorded history, a royal fleet is dispatched from Egypt’s Red Sea ports to visit the land of Punt. To commemorate the expedition, the king orders that his pyramid causeway be decorated in a lavish…

Episode 6: The Ram-God Protects Him

Khufu and the Great Pyramid By 2590 BCE, the Fourth Dynasty is in full swing. Sneferu’s son, Khnum-Khufu now comes to power; like his father, he decides to surpass his predecessor as best as possible. Khufu reigns approx. 24 years, and in that time Egypt’s most famous monument takes shape… We delve into the planning,…