Last Monuments (Episode 106b)

Bonus Episode! Lesser-known and Completed Monuments of Amunhotep III. By 1365 BCE, many of Amunhotep’s monuments were nearing completion. Some of these, though, have been forgotten – like the King’s elaborate contributions to the city of Memphis. In this episode, we try to reconstruct that temple – and see how the King glorified one of Egypt’s…

Mini Episode: Birthday Festivities

The Egyptian Religious Year (Part 12/12). The Egyptian year ended on a down-note. Thanks to a string of “unlucky” days, the ancients experienced a time of uncertainty and disorder in their lives. Part of this was due to the fact that the end of the year was co-opted entirely by Sakhmet, Lady of War and…

Mini Episode: Flower Festivities

The Religious Year (Part 10+11). As the end of year approached, the Egyptians celebrated some essential festivals to honour the past and prepare for the future. With the harvest now underway, and the flood on the horizon, the Egyptians first celebrated the memory of their ancestors, and then made offerings to Hapy: lord of the…

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 4: The Sacred Ones

The Life and Immortality of Netjerykhet Djoser Around 2680 BCE, King Netjerykhet Djoser came to the throne, and Egypt would change forever. Over the next thirty years, an enormous monument would rise near the capital city. Six layers, thousands of tons of stone, and a vast mortuary complex make the Step Pyramid the oldest pyramid in the…