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The History of Egypt Podcast

Dominic Perry

The History of Egypt, as the ancients described it. A tale of pyramids, pharaohs, gods and mysteries, told through the eyes of the ancients themselves. A member of the Agora Podcast Network.

19:45 | Sep 4th

Interlude: 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 d...Show More

25:58 | Aug 28th

Amarna (Part 4): Raising a City in Haste. When Akhenaten demanded a new royal residence (Akhet-Aten), it fell to countless labourers, overseers and donkeys to gather the material needed for the city. Archaeologists scouring the landscape of Akhet-A...Show More
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34:51 | Aug 21st

Amarna (Part 3): House of a Master Builder. 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 ma...Show More

19:36 | Jul 31st

Amarna (Part 2): Akhenaten's Priorities and Mindset. A short side episode, concerning Akhenaten's mind-set around the time he moved to Amarna. Did the King always plan this city? Did he want to live here forever and never leave? And how did he thi...Show More

39:14 | Jul 17th

Amarna (Part 1): Building Akhet-Aten. In regnal year 5, Akhenaten decreed the foundations of his new city devoted to the sun god. One year later, the King returned to perform ceremonies and to review what had been completed... - Date: c.1357 BC...Show More

50:48 | Jul 3rd

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 publi...Show More

53:09 | Jun 19th

Akhenaten (Part 5): Amarna Art. Around the time of his Sed-Festival, Amunhotep IV introduced a whole new form of artistic representation. Royal imagery was reworked from the ground up, including new proportions, displays and themes. In this episode...Show More

08:25 | Jun 17th

It's time to visit Egypt again! Join me for the History of Egypt Podcast Tour (#2) in January 2020! Over fourteen days, we will see the sights and splendours of ancient Egypt, along with many special extras which the average tour doesn't see... Tou...Show More

46:59 | Jun 5th

Akhenaten (Part 4): Aten Above All. In 1360 BCE, regnal year 3, King Nefer-kheperu-Re Amunhotep IV made some of his most startling decisions yet. Promoting the sun disc, Aten, even further, Amunhotep began to give the god royal accessories (cartouc...Show More

47:15 | May 15th

Akhenaten (Part 3): Revelation of a Religion. Soon after he came to power, Amunhotep IV (later Akhenaten) began to reveal his unique vision of god and the world. A remarkable amount of evidence survives for this crucial period: from a royal speech,...Show More

05:54 | May 5th

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1:00:43 | Apr 24th

Akhenaten (Part 2): The Great Queen(s)... In 1361 BCE, Amunhotep IV was settled into his power. It was time to find a queen - his choice would be one of Egypt's most famous women... This episode covers Amunhotep's diplomatic engagements with Mitan...Show More

27:17 | Apr 5th

Akhenaten (Part 1): Conventional Start. Around 1362 BCE, the reign of Amunhotep IV began. Although destined to shake the Egyptian state, this King began with some surprisingly conventional choices. His monuments and art are a far cry from what he w...Show More

03:13 | Mar 29th

In the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, I want to do some small thing to combat hate crimes. So, it's time for another fundraiser. Syrian Tales 2 (working title Babylonian Tales) will focus on stories of ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh, Ishtar,...Show More

28:26 | Mar 22nd

The Queen Who Ruled All. In this episode we look at Queen Tiye, Lady of the Two Lands and mighty power-player in court politics. With me is Dr. Joyce Tyldesley, Research Associate of the Manchester Museum and lecturer in Manchester University's onl...Show More

1:03:32 | Mar 15th

Amunhotep III (Part 14): The End. In his last regnal years, Neb-ma'at-Re Amunhotep III experienced victories and defeats. While his health declined, the pharaoh got into a serious argument with the King of Babylon, inspected his magnificent tomb, a...Show More

36:55 | Feb 20th

Bonus Episode! Lesser-known Monuments of Amunhotep III. By the last years of his reign, c.1365 BCE, King Amunhotep had dozens of important monuments going up throughout Egypt and Nubia. But some of these have been overlooked. In this bonus episode,...Show More

42:07 | Feb 6th

Amunhotep III (Part 13): Foreign Wives and Magnificent Tiye By 1366 BCE, Amunhotep was on top of the world: foreign kings begged his friendship and they were willing to pay (beautifully) to get it. Meanwhile, Queen Tiye enjoyed an unprecedented lev...Show More
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1:00:37 | Jan 30th

Remaster: Great King Sneferu King Sneferu was one of the greatest rulers in the Old Kingdom. From 2615 - 2570 BCE he built three magnificent pyramids, inaugurating a new era of monumental construction and achievement. Meanwhile, royal family member...Show More

30:30 | Jan 23rd

Amunhotep III (Part 12): Pharaoh as a God. By 1366 BCE, Amunhotep III was ready to celebrate a second sed-festival. However, the King's pretensions had begun to reach celestial heights - in regnal year 34 he appeared to be an equal to the gods them...Show More

33:38 | Jan 9th

Daily Life in New Kingdom Egypt. Around 1370 BCE, wealthy Egyptians enjoyed a comfortable and well-furnished lifestyle. From their tombs, houses and scattered texts, we can get a sense of daily life for ancient aristocrats... Episode images and B...Show More

39:25 | Dec 26th, 2018

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33:53 | Dec 19th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 11): The Royal Palace and a King's Life. By 1370 BCE, King Amunhotep III was living in a sumptuous palace at Thebes. Built for the first sed-festival (ep.100), the "House of Rejoicing" was a magnificent structure with many beaut...Show More

37:31 | Dec 5th, 2018

The Minoans Fade Away. In 1370 BCE, an Egyptian embassy visited the Aegean. As part of their journey, they came to Crete, visiting the Keftiu (Minoans) who had ruled the island for 1000 years. Until now.... Images and More at www.egyptianhistoryp...Show More

1:00:24 | Nov 21st, 2018

Ancient Egypt and the Greeks of Mycenae. It's time to set sail! We journey far from Egypt to visit lands only whispered about until now. We are visiting Greece and the lands of Mycenae, who in 1370 BCE were beginning to make their mark on the inter...Show More

1:31:18 | Nov 14th, 2018

Private Worship and Images in New Kingdom Egypt. Here is the full discussion with Dr Campbell Price! It's a wonderful chat about all kinds of questions relating to Egypt and private worship. (If you want to skip ahead to the "new" content, it begin...Show More

56:09 | Nov 7th, 2018

The Man Who Became a God. In this episode we look at the divine statues of Amunhotep son of Hapu(c.1370 BCE) and how they helped him become a god. With me for this episode is Dr. Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum, ...Show More

35:36 | Oct 24th, 2018

Success After Fifty. In 1470 BCE, King Amunhotep III's closest advisor was already eighty years old. The scribe, overseer and wise man Amunhotep Son of Hapu achieved prominence quite late in life, but he did not waste the opportunity. From a small ...Show More

14:45 | Sep 27th, 2018

An Egyptian couple relax in a garden, and share a moment of love... Four poems of romance, exploring the courtship of an ancient couple. Translations by John L. Foster, Ancient Egyptian Literature: An Anthology (Amazon) Website: egyptianhistorypo...Show More
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16:55 | Sep 26th, 2018

A few more mini episodes are on the horizon; I introduce them. Also, check out American Innovations, the new podcast from Wondery. Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

15:02 | Sep 21st, 2018

A Father Begs His Son to Return Home. Late in the New Kingdom (c.1250 BCE), an Egyptian father wrote a letter to his son. The son had gone to sea, sailing on a ship; he had not sent any word of his wellbeing. Worried, the father writes a letter, be...Show More

17:20 | Sep 15th, 2018

A former pupil goes off the rails and gets lost in drink; his teacher tries to bring him back. After completing his education, a young scribe might take a job in a temple, government office, or work team. But this time, the student went off into so...Show More
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09:48 | Sep 4th, 2018

A quick update on life, where my story is at, and what I'm cooking for the next few weeks. Plus, check out American Innovations, from Wondery. The Podcast is on Patreon! Website with Images and Bibliography: www.egyptia...Show More

34:01 | Aug 15th, 2018

An interview with composer Jeffrey Goodman. Jeff Goodman has composed some wonderful pieces evoking the world of ancient Egypt. Taking inspiration from mythology, art and literature, he crafts lovely songs with a focus on authenticity in instrumentat...Show More

53:11 | Aug 15th, 2018

Instruments, Musicians, and Songs. In this mini episode, we explore the traces of ancient Egyptian songs and music. Although the melodies and rhythms are lost, we still have lyrics, instruments and artwork detailing some of these arts. From this, w...Show More

19:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

To celebrate 100 episodes, I took your questions on all things ancient Egypt. Pictures on topics (particularly Egyptian revival architecture of the 1800s) at the website If you didn't hear your question, I have sent out written responses. Some ques...Show More

18:13 | Jul 19th, 2018

Interlude: A Princess Becomes Queen, a Prince Becomes Heir. In 1370 BCE, the same year as the Sed-Festival, pharaoh Amunhotep III made two interesting decisions. He made his eldest daughter his wife, and named his eldest (surviving) son as heir to ...Show More

1:15:50 | Jul 9th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 10): The Sed Festival, As Told by Kheruef Who Witnessed It. In regnal year 30, Amunhotep III celebrated the first of his sed-festivals. This was a spectacular event, with a number of rituals and performances celebrating the King...Show More

08:36 | Jun 28th, 2018

The Podcast is growing! Here's the news of my plans, and what I hope to achieve. Also, there is now a Patreon! Join up to access some great perks, and a special introductory giveaway! w...Show More

44:03 | Jun 21st, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 9): The Dark Years. Between 1380 and 1370 BCE, Egypt may have suffered an outbreak of disease. In this decade, at least four royal family members died, and the political situation was irrevocably changed. It wasn't all bad, thou...Show More

40:37 | Jun 7th, 2018

Interlude: Royal Children On the Rise. From 1385 to 1380, the prince of Egypt Thutmose was climbing up the ranks. From a lowly sem-priest to the chief of a great temple, Thutmose was a quickly rising star. His sister, Sit-Amun, also leaves a tantal...Show More

12:00 | May 30th, 2018

Three Poems of Love from 18th Dynasty Egypt. Around 1400 BCE, scribes and composers put together delightful works exploring themes of love, longing, lust and courtship. They told tales from both male and female perspectives, describing the emotions...Show More

52:13 | May 23rd, 2018

Interlude: Queen Tiy's Lucky Family. The family of Queen Tiy came from an interesting place, and led a fascinating life. Her mother and father - Tjuyu and Yuya - and her brother Anen enjoyed great privileges thanks to their family connections. In l...Show More

37:52 | May 7th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 8): Hunting, Wedding, Building. From 1392 to 1390 BCE, Amunhotep III experienced an interesting few years. He hunted his 100th lion, and welcomed a new bride to his court. The princess Gilu-khepa came from Mitanni, for a diploma...Show More

15:52 | Apr 25th, 2018

A Scribe yearns for a holiday, and goes in search of peace. Two texts, written between 1400 and 1300 BCE, tell of the exhausted scribe's yearning for a holiday. Sick of work, he struggles to focus on tasks, and finds his heart wandering off to more...Show More

41:50 | Apr 16th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 7): Everything Bigger Than Everything Else. For 2000+ years, the Colossi of Memnon have dazzled visitors to Thebes. What are the statues doing there? In this episode, we explore the lost Mortuary Temple of Amunhotep III, in part...Show More

40:26 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 6): City of a Hundred Pylons. In 1397 BCE, King Amunhotep III began a massive series of building projects in Thebes. At Karnak, Luxor Temple, and the new "Maru" viewing place, the King inaugurated sanctuaries and gardens for the...Show More

30:47 | Mar 19th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 5): Exploring Nubia. In late 1397 BCE, King Amunhotep III took a band of warriors deep into Nubia (Sudan). They traversed deserts, explored hidden pools, and came to mysterious lands. It was a trip into strange new places... M...Show More

29:36 | Mar 12th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 4): Pharaoh's First War. At the start of regnal year 5 (around August 1397 BCE), Amunhotep III led his first and only military campaign. Responding to a revolt in Nubia, the King gathered an army and began an expedition. We foll...Show More

18:35 | Feb 26th, 2018

Interlude: Romance, Passion and Song Form! A look at New Kingdom love songs, as they survive. We see how the Egyptians felt and explored love, and encounter songs written from both the male and female perspective. Bibliography at https:...Show More

25:32 | Feb 19th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 3): Introducing Queen Tiy. In 1399 BCE, the pharaoh Amunhotep III married his first and most important wife: Tiy, Royal Wife, Great of Praises, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt. Just twelve years old, the young queen would go o...Show More

35:31 | Feb 12th, 2018

Amunhotep III (Part 2): A Busy Start. From May 1400 to April 1399, King Amunhotep finished his first year (just 4 months long) and began his second. In this 12-month period, he began a flurry of new projects. From donations to Thoth, to a mighty hu...Show More

22:11 | Jan 22nd, 2018

King Amunhotep III (Neb-maat-Re) came to power in mid-1400 BCE. He was twelve-years old, but already he had spent years being groomed for power...

46:10 | Jan 11th, 2018

Bronze Age Syria and the Levant (Part Three, 1460 - 1400 BCE). In 2017, we released a charity series to raise money for victims of the Syrian crisis. Now, I release those episodes to you, so that the ongoing conflict will not be forgotten. This is ...Show More

40:38 | Jan 10th, 2018

Life in Bronze Age Syria and the Levant (Part Two, 1800 - 1700 BCE). In 2017, we released a charity series to raise money for victims of the Syrian crisis. Now, I release those episodes to you, so that the ongoing conflict will not be forgotten. Th...Show More

27:59 | Jan 9th, 2018

Bronze Age Syria and the Levant (Part One, 2400 - 1800 BCE). In 2017, we released a charity series to raise money for victims of the Syrian crisis. Now, I release those episodes to you, so that the ongoing conflict will not be forgotten. This is Pa...Show More

03:16 | Jan 8th, 2018

The History of Egypt Podcast is pleased to present "Syrian Tales," a 3-part mini-series recounting tales from Bronze Age Syria...

27:42 | Jan 8th, 2018

Interlude: Nebi and the Guardians of the Sinai. Around 1414 BCE, a man and his comrades were marching into the unrelenting heat of the Sinai Peninsula. We follow Nebi of Tjaru and his men, as they undertake the grueling work of protecting Egypt's f...Show More
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18:43 | Jan 3rd, 2018

There is a new podcast coming that I think you may like: Wondery presents "American History Tellers," a podcast exploring the stories and ideas which have created modern US society. From the Cold War and the Space Race, to Prohibition and the Gold Ru...Show More

32:41 | Dec 18th, 2017

Interlude: Queen Tia'a, Lady of the Faiyum Oasis. Before she became queen of Egypt, the lady Tia'a spent her days at the royal harem of the Faiyum. This was a mysterious institution, devoted to serving queens, concubines and all the children of a p...Show More

23:26 | Dec 4th, 2017

The Egyptian Religious Year (12/12): Birthdays of the Gods. The end of the year in ancient Egypt was a surprisingly unlucky time. With summer heat at unbearable levels, the Nile at its lowest ebb, and people suffering from physical or spiritual mal...Show More

1:14:43 | Nov 27th, 2017

Thutmose IV (Part 2): The Entire Reign at Once. From 1418 - 1400 BCE, Men-kheperu-Re Thutmose IV ruled Egypt with skill and expertise. It helped that the women in his life were equally capable and influential. The collaboration between King and Que...Show More

00:30 | Nov 13th, 2017

Thutmose IV (Part 1): Old Enemies Become New Friends. 1418 - 1416 BCE. The new pharaoh spends his first two years involved in political reprisals and military actions. He removes rivals, but also makes friends with some longstanding enemies... Mu...Show More

36:28 | Nov 6th, 2017

1418 BCE: Egypt is temporarily without a pharaoh. Two sons of the crown go head to head, in a duel to be the next ruler. Who wins? Only the Sphinx knows...

28:46 | Oct 30th, 2017

The Religious Year (Parts 10-11): the Egyptian Day of the Dead. In the 10th month of the year, Egyptians celebrated the "Beautiful Festival of the Valley," a grand affair similar to today's Day of the Dead or Qingming celebrations. Music by Keith...Show More

19:57 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Assassin's Creed Origins sees video-game players visiting ancient Egypt. But how does the game play, and is it historical enough? I explore some of the history behind it. Music by Brandon and Derek Fiechter

46:11 | Oct 16th, 2017

The building, and re-discovery, of a great tomb...

32:16 | Oct 2nd, 2017

The great pharaoh comes to the end of his days...

33:20 | Sep 11th, 2017

Amunhotep II (Part 5): How to Make Friends and Rule the Nile Valley. The pharaoh Amunhotep II has a reputation for cronyism: he put his childhood friends into positions of power, and removed trusted officials from office at a whim. Does he deserve ...Show More

15:54 | Sep 4th, 2017

The Religious Year (Parts 8-9): Onions for Bastet. Months 8 and 9 were big on drinking and eating, with some strange rituals to go along with them. We meet Bastet (the cat) and Renen-utet (the snake), two goddesses who were friends to farmers. As t...Show More

34:22 | Aug 28th, 2017

Interlude: A Royal Journey Through the Underworld Rulers of the 18th Dynasty decorated their tombs with lavish images of the underworld, which we know as the Duat. These scenes, and texts, reveal a complex story of Re's journey beneath the western ...Show More

33:50 | Aug 7th, 2017

Interlude: The Ultimate Underworld Story. The Book of the Dead might be the most famous piece of writing from ancient Egypt. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Around 1420 BCE, a royal architect commissioned a book for his tomb. This text ...Show More

19:53 | Jul 31st, 2017

The Religious Year (Parts 6-7): The False Summer. In the months of "Great Heat" and "Small Heat," Egyptians celebrated some very important festivals. Mid-winter had passed, and it was time to bring life back to the cosmos. Along the way, the Egypti...Show More

22:52 | Jul 30th, 2017

Before he became king, Amunhotep II made a promise to embellish and restore monuments on the Giza Plateau. Once Pharaoh, he fulfilled his promise beautifully...

1:36:07 | Jul 17th, 2017

Amunhotep II (Part 3): Slavery and the Bible. In 1435 BCE, King Amunhotep II led a devastating war in Syria. He took thousands of captives, and transported them to Egypt by force. Once there, they became captive-workers of the Egyptian elite. Was t...Show More

24:35 | Jun 18th, 2017

Amunhotep II (Part 2): The Pharaoh's Aide. In 1440 BCE, a servant of Pharaoh inscribed his tomb with a remarkable text detailing every aspect of his job. What was life like, for one of Egypt's most important officials? Images and Bibliography at...Show More

07:17 | Jun 15th, 2017

I re-watched 1999's iteration of "The Mummy." Does it hold up?

06:44 | Jun 12th, 2017

The Mummy (2017) stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Botella and Russel Crowe. Is it any good? Music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter:

14:01 | Jun 5th, 2017

The Religious Year (Part 5): Worshipping Snakes and Cats. The fifth month was an interesting one, involving worship of snakes, and cats sailing down the Nile. Major gods of this month include Neheb-Kau, Bastet, Shesmet-et, Wadjet and Mut. We meet a...Show More

33:44 | May 29th, 2017

Amunhotep II (Part 1): The Sportsman King. From 1459 to 1440 BCE, the prince Amunhotep II enjoyed a privileged upbringing. Once he ascended to power, he displayed his prowess to all and sundry. From the battlefield to the sports field, Amunhotep se...Show More

1:07:00 | May 15th, 2017

Thutmose III (Part 10): The End of a Mighty Reign. From 1450 to 1441, Thutmose lived out the last nine years of his reign. He commanded one last expedition; oversaw building projects, and brought his tomb to completion. Finally, he had to prepare f...Show More

1:15:41 | Apr 24th, 2017

Thutmose III (Part 9): Home and Propaganda. From 1455-1450 BCE, Thutmose spent much of his time involved in domestic affairs. Unfortunately, this involved some very harsh policies towards his immediate predecessor... Images and Bibliography at tt...Show More

49:11 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Thutmose III (Part 8): The Final Campaigns. After 20+ years of near-annual campaigning, Thutmose III finally came to the end of his military career. We explore the last ten years of this process in one sweep: successes (and failures) abound... I...Show More

11:56 | Mar 31st, 2017

The month of Hathor saw a concentrated effort on renewing fertility energies in the natural world...

45:00 | Mar 13th, 2017

Thutmose III (Part 7): Diplomatic Marriage. After the brilliant campaign of year 33, Thutmose enjoys a period of peace and plenty. Foreign powers seek accommodation with the Egyptians, and this manifests in a series of remarkable diplomatic engagem...Show More

18:06 | Feb 24th, 2017

The Religious Year (Part 2): Worshipping Osiris. In the month of Pa-Opet ("Phaophi") the Egyptians continued their long re-enactment of the myth of Osiris. They also celebrated a huge festival in honour of the Pharaoh. And they mummifed a bunch of ...Show More

38:10 | Feb 20th, 2017

Interlude: Busy Lives at Thebes. Personal correspondence is an exciting find for Egyptologists. It's even more wonderful when the letters come together to form a cohesive group, all related to one person. Come meet Ahmose, a letter writer from anci...Show More
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18:23 | Feb 12th, 2017

A run-down of the major finds in the recent archaeological season...

25:48 | Feb 6th, 2017

Thutmose III (Part 6): The Sed-Festival. Three years before the Mitanni Campaign (Episode 70), Thutmose celebrated his first jubilee. To do that, he needed a new monument, a few gods, and the ancient equivalent of a baseball bat... Images and Bib...Show More

23:26 | Jan 23rd, 2017

Inauguration: Choosing and Crowning an Egyptian Ruler. A shameless tie-in with current events: we explore the way a ruler of Egypt was chosen and crowned, which could be more complicated than you might expect... More

11:19 | Jan 16th, 2017

A quick look at the word "Pharaoh:" what it means, how it came about, and why I very rarely use it in the Podcast (until now).

21:42 | Jan 9th, 2017

The Religious Year (Part 1): New Year. Welcome to a new series detailing the Egyptians' religious year, the major events and the gods they celebrated. Month number one was called "Tekh," and it heralded several important rituals. There were festiva...Show More

55:15 | Dec 30th, 2016

Thutmose III (Part 5): The Greatest Campaign. Around 1462 BCE, Thutmose III led a very impressive military endeavour: he went far beyond Egypt's boundaries to attack his most dangerous foes, the Mitanni, right at their source. It was the most spect...Show More

1:01:30 | Dec 19th, 2016

Thutmose III (Part 4): Foreign Lands, Foreign Peoples. The Egyptian Empire was surrounded by many fascinating groups. Today, we meet the Cretans (Keftiu), Cyprus (Alashiya) and Byblos (Kupna), to see what was happening outside the realm of Egyptian...Show More

31:03 | Dec 5th, 2016

Interlude: General Djehuty and his Marvellous Tricks. Sometime in the reign of Thutmose III, a siege took place at Joppa (Tel Aviv). The were starving their enemy out, when an unusual opportunity presented itself. Thinking quickly, the wily general...Show More

29:03 | Nov 28th, 2016

Thutmose III (Part 3): Submissions and Settlements. From 1473 - 1470 BCE, Thutmose organised his new dominions in Canaan and Syria. The region was transformed by a network of Egyptian garrisons, fortresses and supply depots. This was all in service...Show More

22:29 | Nov 14th, 2016

Interlude: The Battle of Megiddo (Dramatised). In this episode, we play the "official account" of Thutmose III's great victory at Megiddo. Drawing on the King's own proclamations, and using the voices of some other podcasters, we bring the story to...Show More

39:05 | Nov 7th, 2016

Thutmose III (Part 2): A Mighty Victory. (1473 BCE) Thutmose III faces a rebellion. Enemies have gathered against him, and he must destroy them, or risk losing his empire in Canaan... Battle, audacity, and Monty Python ensues! Bibliography and Im...Show More

23:35 | Oct 29th, 2016

Ghost Stories for Halloween. In this episode we explore three tales of the (ancient) macabre: a ghostly visitation; some scoundrels petrified by their encounters with the gods; and the Egyptian Guide to When Your Dreams Are Trying to Kill You. They...Show More

39:47 | Oct 17th, 2016

Hatshepsut (Part 7): The Final Years. After a long life and successful reign, Maat-ka-Re Hatshepsut died around 1473 BCE. To wrap up her story, we review her legacy, thank a few men and women that helped her in life, and touch on the strange absenc...Show More

27:24 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Thutmose III (Part 1): Life Under Hatshepsut. Time to catch-up with the (rightful?) King of Egypt. Thutmose III spent his early years in training. He learned the arts of governance, religious ritual, literacy and the skills of battle. He studied th...Show More

45:30 | Sep 19th, 2016

Hatshepsut (Part 6): Punt and Speos. We take a short break from the narrative, to explore two important texts from Hatshepsut's reign. These are the records of the Punt Expedition, and a propaganda text from the Speos Artemidos, a temple in middle ...Show More

1:05:29 | Sep 12th, 2016

Hatshepsut (Part 5): A Jubilee. Around 1485 BCE, Egyptians bustled about in a flurry of work. Hatshepsut had commissioned great monuments all over the land, requiring the work of thousands. These projects culminated in a grand celebration, the sed-...Show More

40:14 | Aug 15th, 2016

Hatshepsut (Part 4): Her Most Trusted Advisor. As the star of queen Hatshepsut rose, so did the star of a young noble named Senenmut. From 1495 to 1485 BCE, Senenmut found his career accelerating in tandem with the queen. We follow Senenmut from hi...Show More

32:06 | Aug 1st, 2016

Hatshepsut (Part 3): The Punt Expedition. In 1488 BCE, Queen Hatshepsut launched her most famous project. A fleet of ships sailed down the Red Sea coast, in order to visit the land of Punt. There, they gathered trade goods, and met some truly fasci...Show More

18:50 | Jul 12th, 2016

Interlude: Amun Creates Hatshepsut. In a short break, we explore the tale Hatshepsut told about her origins. She ascribed her creation and birth to the King of the Gods, Amun-Ra himself. In this dramatic recount, we go through the whole story (as i...Show More

29:19 | Jul 11th, 2016

Hatshepsut (Part 2): Legitimacy and Worship. In 1488 BCE, Hatshepsut made her most daring move. Pushing her nephew to one side, she took the throne of Egypt for herself, become the second of two kings ruling at the same time. https://egyptianhist...Show More

20:59 | Jun 13th, 2016

Hatshepsut (Prologue): Gathering Power. For the first five years of her rule (1495 - 1490 BCE), Hatshepsut acted as a regent to her nephew/step-son. But she had plans, and soon began to consolidate her power... More

32:36 | Jun 6th, 2016

Thutmose I (Part 3): Meet Hatshepsut. Between 1519 and 1505 BCE, Thutmose I ruled the country well. He separated the royal from the common, and the sacred from the mundane. During his time in power, he also helped pave the way for his influential d...Show More

25:59 | May 23rd, 2016

Thutmose I (Part 2): Terrible But Great. In his first few years, Thutmose I focussed on family, exploration, and building the royal tomb. He also launched a campaign into Nubia, where his methods were rather horrific... https://egyptianhistorypod...Show More
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19:23 | May 8th, 2016

Round-ups from the world of Egyptology and archaeology...

35:45 | Apr 25th, 2016

Thutmose I (Part 1): All the Way to Syria. In 1519 BCE, a new king of Egypt came to power. Thutmose (the first) immediately began securing his legitimacy. First he married a cousin (and a sister) of his predecessor; then he launched two campaigns o...Show More

1:02:39 | Apr 11th, 2016

Amunhotep I: Splendour in Thebes. The Podcast returns from hiatus, after a close family member passed away. Around 1530 BCE, Ahmose I died and Amunhotep I came to power. At the time, Thebes was beginning to enjoy the fruits of its military victor...Show More

12:30 | Jan 1st, 2016

Interlude: Dance the Magic Dance! Egyptians had many festivals, and they celebrated these with great energy. Whether it was dancing for a wealthy hostess, or leaping over charging bulls, or just getting totally drunk at a festival, the Egyptians di...Show More

21:27 | Dec 21st, 2015

Ahmose I (Part 3): How To Bury a King. Around 1530 BCE, King Ahmose I died. With his death and burial, the Second Intermediate Period ended and the New Kingdom began. We explore the funeral of a truly great monarch... https://egyptianhistorypodca...Show More

38:48 | Dec 7th, 2015

Ahmose I (Part 2): Crown on the Rise. Around 1540 BCE, Ahmose I chased his enemies to their utter destruction. Following the victory, he helped set the government of Egypt back on its feet. Stability began to return... https://egyptianhistorypodc...Show More

33:59 | Nov 23rd, 2015

Ahmose I (Part 1): The Liberator. Around 1550 BCE, war raged up and down the Nile. The warrior king Ahmose I, and his mother Ah-Hotep, pummelled their foes mercilessly, but also made time to raise their friends to high places... https://egyptianh...Show More

25:00 | Nov 9th, 2015

Second Intermediate Period (Part 4): Catastrophe. In 1560 BCE, Seqenenre Tao was dead. Killed in battle, the king's body lay on the field, beaten and bloody. Now, the task of ruling Thebes fell to Seqenenre's wife, the formidable Queen Ah-Hotep. Sh...Show More

30:05 | Oct 19th, 2015

Second Intermediate Period (Part 3): Resistance! Around 1560 BCE the Hyksos were supreme over Egypt. Along with their allies (the Nubians of Kerma), the Hyksos dominated half of the country. Down in the southern regions, the kings of Dynasty 16 str...Show More

26:04 | Sep 28th, 2015

Second Intermediate Period (Part 2): Invaders! Around 1650 BCE, the 13th Dynasty crumbled away. Foreigners moving into Egypt over previous centuries now consolidated their power. Or was it an invasion? Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianh...Show More

24:11 | Sep 14th, 2015

Second Intermediate Period (Part 1): Collapse! Around 1700 BCE, disaster struck the land of Egypt. A famine and a plague swept through the land, devastating society and reducing the 13th Dynasty to a shadow. Unable to rely on royal aid, foreigners ...Show More

32:28 | Aug 31st, 2015

Dynasty 13: Invisible Kings. From 1770 to 1700, the 13th Dynasty produced a vast number of kings, but we know almost nothing about them. Why? Images and Bibliography at More

26:54 | Jul 27th, 2015

Dynasty 12: A Woman King. Around 1776 BCE, the 12th Dynasty was dwindled away. Before it vanished, it produced one last remarkable figure. Please welcome Neferu-Sobek, a woman ruling as a King... More

31:48 | Jul 13th, 2015

Dynasty 12: Foreign Settlement. King Amenemhat IV came to power around 1798 BCE. His reign was unremarkable, but big things were happening around Egypt. In this episode, we explore the growing evidence for Canaanite peoples, coming to Egypt and set...Show More

26:07 | Jun 1st, 2015

Dynasty 12: A Last Flowering. Around 1845 BCE, King Amenemhat III (Ny-Ma'at-Re) came to power. He was the last "great" ruler of Dynasty 12, and over 46 years of rule he would achieve some great things for the royal household. But elsewhere, cracks ...Show More

37:10 | May 4th, 2015

Senuseret III (Part 5): Ancient Egyptian Gossip. Around 1845 BCE, the reign of Senuseret III drew to its close. But the transition from one reign to another was not smooth...

30:17 | Apr 6th, 2015

Senuseret III (Part 4): Decimations. Around 1864 BCE, King Senuseret III launched a new campaign into Nubia. Along the way, he built new fortresses and took many captives. Meanwhile, Egyptians begin practising a rather novel way of destroying their...Show More

42:06 | Mar 23rd, 2015

Senuseret III (Part 3): The Coffin Texts. Around 1867 BCE, the nobles were taking a greater share in the economy than ever before. This "flowering" of elite culture produced some wonderful works: ornately decorated coffins, painted with spells, hym...Show More

46:18 | Mar 2nd, 2015

Interlude: A Tale of the Sea. Sometime during the Twelfth Dynasty, a folk-tale was composed (or became popular) that would echo through the ages as one of Egypt’s most enduring tales... More

30:15 | Feb 9th, 2015

Senuseret III (Part 2): Society and Death. Around 1872 BCE, King Senuseret III (Kha-Kau-Re) was powerful and secure. The wealthy nobles of the kingdom began to respond to this power... More

20:27 | Jan 19th, 2015

Senuseret III (Part 1): A Secret Tomb. Around 1880 BCE, one of Egypt's most famous kings took the throne. Senuseret III (Kha-Kau-Re) was a mighty and influential ruler. He would become one of Egypt's most fondly-remembered kings... https://egypti...Show More

45:00 | Jan 5th, 2015

Dynasty 12: The Lake Pyramid. Around 1892, Senuseret the Second (Ka-Kheper-Re) ruled as king. He didn't rule long, but he had a big impact....

29:18 | Dec 1st, 2014

Interlude: How the Egyptians Celebrated. From beer halls to temples to cemeteries, this episode explores Egyptian revelry. We focus on two major festivals: the raucous celebrations for Hathor, and the sombre re-enactment of the Osiris story... h...Show More

32:31 | Nov 24th, 2014

Amenemhat II (Part 2): Fabulous Wealth. Around 1920 BCE, Egypt was prospering. Trade brought wealth from foreign lands, and many exotic goods found their way into royal and non-royal caches. Some of these treasures survive, and have been recovered ...Show More

27:35 | Nov 10th, 2014

Amenemhat II (Part 1): International Fame. Around 1927 BCE, King Amenemhat II (Nub-Kau-Re) came to power. His reign was peaceful and prosperous, and many treasures emerge from this period... More

24:10 | Oct 20th, 2014

Senuseret I (Part 4): Money Money Honey. Gold drives empires today, and the ancient Egyptians were no different. Senuseret I sends warriors into Nubia, the Sinai Peninsula and the Eastern Desert. They go in search of precious metals, resources need...Show More

23:25 | Oct 6th, 2014

Senuseret I (Part 3): Creating Karnak Temple. The temple of Karnak is a wonder of the world; but its origins are mostly lost, beneath generations of re-modelling and re-building. Nevertheless, a few traces survive of the earliest days; among them, ...Show More

21:24 | Sep 22nd, 2014

Senuseret I (Part 2): His Father's Teachings. Around 1962 BCE, King Amenemhat I was dead. His son Senuseret I now began to rule on his own. Fortunately, he had some "Teachings" from his father, Amenemhat I. What a coincidence, right? https://egyp...Show More

42:44 | Sep 8th, 2014

Senuseret I (Part 1): The Tale of Sinuhe. Around 1962 BCE, conspirators broke into the royal bedchamber and attacked King Amenemhat in his bed. The result was panic: prince Senuseret was far from home, and the situation was incredibly perilous. In ...Show More

27:58 | Aug 18th, 2014

Amenemhat I (Part 2): Father and Son. Around 1985 BCE, King Amenemhat I ruled with skill and sense. His reign is a time of innovation and change, particularly in the matter of Egypt's capital city / palace. In this episode, we explore the royal cit...Show More

27:16 | Jul 28th, 2014

Amenemhat I (Part 1): The King Who Was Promised. In 1990 BCE, a new king came to power. Victorious in war, King Amenemhat I was now ruler of Upper and Lower Egypt. Almost immediately, he set out to justify his unorthodox accession... https://egyp...Show More

27:31 | Jun 30th, 2014

Dynasty 11: A Forgotten King. At the end of Dynasty 11, there is a "gap" in the royal king list. The Turin Canon records the seven years of Montuhotep IV as a time when "no king reigned." On top of this, no royal images or records survive from his ...Show More

25:42 | Jun 16th, 2014

Dynasty 11: Short But Successful. Around 2009 BCE, a great king (Montu-Hotep the Second) died. His son and heir, Montu-Hotep III, now came to power. This king ruled briefly, but accomplished some significant things, including a rare visit to the my...Show More

19:23 | May 19th, 2014

Montuhotep II (Part 3): The Nubian War. Around 2020 BCE, Montuhotep II was secure in his power. He now led military campaigns into Nubia, Canaan and the Eastern Desert, in order to push his agenda further abroad... https://egyptianhistorypodcast....Show More

23:33 | May 5th, 2014

Montuhotep II (Part 2): A King and His Court. In 2061 BCE, Egypt had a new ruler. King Montuhotep II has seized power, but will he be able to keep it?...

24:57 | Apr 21st, 2014

Montuhotep II (Part 1): Mighty In Thebes. Around 2020 BCE, a King reunified Egypt and brought the country out of the First Intermediate Period. This King, Montuhotep II, took stock of his new domain, and celebrated his victory with some remarkable ...Show More

36:14 | Apr 7th, 2014

First Intermediate (Part 3): Khety Versus Intef. Around 2070 BCE, Egypt was gripped by conflict. Now, it was time for a showdown between the two families which claimed dominion over the land. In the North, the House of Khety rules; in the South, th...Show More

26:13 | Mar 17th, 2014

First Intermediate (Part 2): a Kingdom Divided. Around 2080 BCE, Egypt was split between two warring households. In the North, the House of Khety held sway; in the South, the House of Intef. Both sought to rule the whole land, and they would fight ...Show More

15:00 | Mar 10th, 2014

Ancient Egyptian Love Songs. Ancient Egyptian love songs are passionate (even erotic). This episode may not be suitable for children. But these poems are lively, full of excitement, and descriptive indeed...

28:49 | Mar 3rd, 2014

First Intermediate (Part 1): The Old Kingdom Ends. Around 2100 BCE, King Pepy II was gone. In the wake of his reign, the Old Kingdom as we know it disappeared. Why? In this episode we explore the reasons for the Old Kingdom's collapse, and how Egyp...Show More

25:06 | Dec 30th, 2013

Pepy II (Part 3): A Long, Long Reign. Around 2200 BCE, King Pepy II was in the later years of his reign. He had ruled a long time, and this was not necessarily a good thing. Dire times were ahead, and the aging monarch did not have the capacity to ...Show More

19:07 | Nov 4th, 2013

Pepy II (Part 2): Ruling The World. Around 2260 BCE, Pepy II was supreme. He had been on the throne for 22 years, and his authority reached far and wide. To understand life under Pepy's rule, we meet the important families who served him, and how t...Show More

19:58 | Oct 21st, 2013

Pepy II (Part 1): The Child King. Around 2280 BCE, a new ruler came to power. Pepy II was a mere six years old at the time, but his reign would be one of the longest and most influential of all... More

21:29 | Oct 7th, 2013

Dynasty 6: Weni the Elder (Part 2). Around 2285 BCE, Pepy I died. His successor Mer-en-Re came to power, and took over the government. For Weni the Elder, explorer and traveller, the work was not yet done. Weni now travelled deep into Nubia (Sudan)...Show More

30:44 | Sep 23rd, 2013

Dynasty 6: Pepy I and Weni the Elder (Part 1). Around 2325 BCE, King Pepy I came to power. In the wake of his predecessor's murder, Pepy had trouble asserting his authority, and he soon had to smash another conspiracy...against himself! https://e...Show More

26:47 | Sep 9th, 2013

Dynasty 6: Assassination! Around 2330 BCE, legend tells us that King Teti was murdered by members of his own family. If this is true, it is the first time in Egyptian history that we know of a royal assassination. Of course, there are some uncertai...Show More

31:31 | Aug 19th, 2013

Dynasty 6: A New Beginning. Around 2345 BCE, King Teti inaugurated the 6th Dynasty. He married into the royal family, and so began a new bloodline. This period was creatively furtile, and in this episode we explore the wisdom texts of Ptah-Hotep an...Show More

34:54 | Aug 5th, 2013

Dynasty 5: Unas the Cannibal. Around 2375 BCE, the reign of Djedkare ended. Now, King Unas came to power. This was no ordinary ruler: Unas oversaw a strange time in Egypt's social and religious development. We explore the first Pyramid Texts, evide...Show More

29:55 | Jul 22nd, 2013

Dynasty 6: New Ideas. Around 2414 BCE, King Djed-Ka-Re ("The Ka of Re Endures") came to power. He was an effective and innovative ruler, who reformed the government, and left a surprisingly rich record... More

31:35 | Jul 8th, 2013

Dynasty 5: An Uphill Battle. Around 2545 BCE, King Ny-User-Re was still in power. After a rocky start, the King made his time on the throne a wonderful period for artistic and written culture... More

31:01 | Jun 24th, 2013

Dynasty 5: Unexpected Companions. Around 2445 BCE, King Ny-User-Re came to power. He was a great ruler, who strengthened his household, and left many records. Some of those records tell us some wonderful tales of the men closest to the King... ht...Show More

27:07 | Jun 10th, 2013

Dynasty 5: Quick Successions. Between 2487 and 2445 BCE, the throne of Egypt changed hands between three different men. Sahure passed away, leaving power to Nefer-Ir-Ka-Re, and then Ra-Nefer-ef. This time period is a bit murky, but we'll do our bes...Show More

33:29 | Apr 29th, 2013

Dynasty 5: The Great Fleet. Around 2487 BCE, King Sahure came to power. In his reign, Egyptians launched their first known expedition to the mysterious land of Punt...

32:00 | Apr 15th, 2013

Dynasty 5: A New Temple. Around 2494 BCE, the 5th Dynasty began under Khenty-Kaus I and her son User-Kaf. A new household was in power: rulers who had some interesting ideas about what to do with the kingship, and religion... https://egyptianhist...Show More

35:17 | Apr 1st, 2013

Dynasty 4: A Woman Who Ruled. Around 2505 BCE, King Men-Kau-Re died without an heir. His sister Khenty-Kaus ("She is Foremost") stepped into the vacuum, and governed the state on behalf of her young son. Khenty-Kaus ruled well, and left an unusual ...Show More

34:30 | Mar 18th, 2013

Dynasty 4: Menakaure and the Economy. Around 2532 BCE, Khafre died and his son Men-Kau-Re took power. The new King's reign marked a more modest phase of pyramid building. Was this a sign of strain on the Egyptian economy? We take a look at an econo...Show More

36:16 | Mar 4th, 2013

Dynasty 4: The Great Sphinx (and others). Around 2480 BCE, Khufu died. The throne passed to his two eldest sons: the short-lived Djed-ef-Re, and then Khafre ("He Appears Like Re"). Khafre ruled long and well, and in his reign the grand monument we ...Show More

26:51 | Feb 18th, 2013

Dynasty 4: Stories of magic and prophecy. A short reading of a tale set in the reigns of Khufu and his father, Sneferu. Recorded May 2017. Translation by Toby Wilkinson, from his Writings from Ancient Egypt. Music by Michael Levy www.ancientl...Show More

25:20 | Feb 4th, 2013

Dynasty 4: Khufu and the Great Pyramid. In 2590 BCE, King Khnum-Khufu ("Khnum Protects Him") came to power. His reign lasted more than 20 years, and witnessed the largest building project in history: the Great Pyramid of Giza rises above the Nile V...Show More
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23:29 | Feb 2nd, 2013

Prince Rahotep had one of the best jobs ever...

1:00:37 | Jan 28th, 2013

Dynasty 4: Sneferu's Wonders. Around 2610 BCE, King Sneferu ("One Who Makes Beautiful Things") is the beginning of a golden age for the land. The Egyptians begin a spate of monument-building and develop the first True Pyramid. There are a couple mi...Show More

18:21 | Jan 24th, 2013

How the Gods Created the World. Ancient Egyptian mythology is a rich and complex story. To begin with, the people of the Nile Valley had many different Creation myths, telling stories of how the world came to be. In this episode we explore the stor...Show More

42:08 | Jan 21st, 2013

Dynasty 3: The First Pyramid. Around 2680 BCE, King Netjery-khet Djoser came to power. His name is synonymous with monuments, for he was the first King to commission a mighty pyramid. The Step Pyramid of Djoser was designed by Imhotep, but many ot...Show More

40:01 | Jan 14th, 2013

Dynasty 2: Warring Gods. Around 2850 BCE, the Second Dynasty of rulers began. It was a lot more tumultuous than the First, with devastating climate change, economic pressure, and maybe...civil war. In the midst of a shadowy period, legends tell of...Show More

39:31 | Jan 7th, 2013

The First Dynasty: Forming the Kingdom. The earliest rulers of Egypt were a successful but mysterious bunch. From the first true King, Aha, to the enigmatic queen Mer-Neith, the early rulers led wars, oversaw trade, and led their people in worship...Show More

32:21 | Jan 1st, 2013

The First King. Around 3000 BCE, a King rose to power in the Nile Valley. His name was Nar-mer, and he may be the first ruler of a unified Egypt. In this episode, we meet Narmer and his Queen Neith-hotep. We explore the land, meet the early Egypti...Show More
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15:00 | Jan 1st, 2013

Welcome to the show; let me introduce myself and my credentials...