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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.

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105: The Sun King

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

104: A Wealthy House

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

Mini Episode: Forgotten Days

39:25 | Dec 26th, 2018

Visiting a forgotten place. Limited time release. Music by Brandon Feichter (Bandcamp) The Podcast is on Patreon! Support the show and get rewards at

103: The House of Rejoicing (Malqata Palace)

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

102b: Colourful Keftiu (Twilight on Crete)

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

102: An Egyptian Odyssey (Passage to Greece)

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

Full Interview: Egyptian Religion with Dr Campbell Price (Manchester)

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

101b: Successful Statues (with Dr. Campbell Price)

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

101: Hapu's Son

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

Mini Episode: Songs in a Garden (The Seduction)

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

Update feat. American Scandals

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.

Mini Episode: The Lost Son (A Lament)

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

Mini Episode: A Wayward Scribe (The Drinking)

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

Mini Episode: All Is Full of Love (The Embrace)

12:00 | Sep 12th, 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

Mini Episode: Memphis River Blues (The Healing)

15:52 | Sep 6th, 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

Mini Episodes Incoming - An Update (feat. American Innovations)

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

Mini Episode: Music in Ancient Egypt (Part 2) Interview With Jeffrey Goodman

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

Mini Episode: Songs of Praise - Music in Ancient Egypt (Part 1)

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

Question Time! (Q+A)

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

100b. Raising the Children High

19:25 | 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

100: Celebration

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

Patreon and Future Plans - State of the Podcast Update

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! www....Show More

99: Sakhmet's Demons

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

98: Young Bull Appearing In Memphis

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

97b: The In-Laws

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

97: What Does The Scarab Say?

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

96: The Colossi of Memnon

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

95: Hundred-Gated Thebes

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

94: The Pools of Horus

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

93: The River War

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

Mini Episode: Love Songs

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

92: The Great Lady

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

91: The Mighty Bulls

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

90: Neb-Ma'at-Re

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...

Syrian Tales (3): The Refugee Prince

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

Syrian Tales (2): Crossroads and Conflict

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

Syrian Tales (1): Roots

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

89: Lords of the Desert

37:42 | Jan 7th, 2018

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 frontiers... Map at More

American History Tellers (Preview)

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

88: Lady of the Lake

42:50 | Dec 20th, 2017

Before she became queen of Egypt, the lady Tiaa 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 pharaoh. We explore Tiaa's background, including the h...Show More

Mini Episode: Flower Festivities

38:49 | Dec 13th, 2017

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. Images and Bibliography at More

Assassin's Creed Origins: Egyptological Impressions

29:57 | Dec 5th, 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

87: Comforts of Power

1:25:32 | Nov 28th, 2017

Thutmose IV ruled Egypt with skill and expertise. It helped that the women in his life were equally capable and influential... Music for this episode by Michael Levy ( Episode details More

86: Doing God's Work

10:30 | Nov 13th, 2017

The new pharaoh eliminates his old rivals, and turns one of Egypt's enemies into a friend...

85: A Clash of Princes

46:22 | Nov 7th, 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...

84b: Into the Tomb

55:43 | Oct 16th, 2017

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

84: The Bald Falcon

42:16 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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

83: The Brat Pack

10:30 | Sep 13th, 2017

Amunhotep II has a reputation for cronyism; is it earned?

82: That Which Is In The Underworld

43:46 | Aug 26th, 2017

How Pharaohs decorated their tombs, and what it all meant...

81: The Book of the Dead

43:40 | Aug 6th, 2017

It's time to introduce the legendary text of the underworld...

Mini Episode: Festivities of Heat

29:53 | Jul 30th, 2017

Mid-winter had passed, and it was time to bring life back to the cosmos...

80: Servant of Great Gods

32:52 | 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...

79: Let My People Go

1:46:07 | Jul 15th, 2017

Was Amunhotep II the inspiration for the cruel Pharaoh of the Bible?

Announcement: Syrian Tales (Charity Miniseries)

13:16 | Jun 29th, 2017

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

78: The Duties of the Vizier

34:35 | Jun 18th, 2017

Today, we meet Rekh-mi-Re, a Vizier of Upper Egypt and one of the most valuable sources of information of the whole New Kingdom....

The Mummy (1999) Re-View

17:17 | Jun 15th, 2017

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

The Mummy (2017) Egyptological Impressions

16:44 | Jun 12th, 2017

The Mummy (2017) stars Tom Cruise and Sofia Botella. Is it any good? It's okay, but there are a few genuine frustrations with its historical aspects.

Mini Episode: Banquet Festivities

24:01 | Jun 2nd, 2017

The fifth month was a month of snake-worship and cats sailing the Nile...

77: Lean and Swift

43:44 | May 31st, 2017

A prince of Egypt enjoyed a privileged and exciting upbringing...

76: 54 Years of Splendour

1:17:00 | May 14th, 2017

The great king comes to his end...

Mini Episode: Khoiak Festivities

29:51 | Apr 28th, 2017

The Religious Year (4/12). In the fourth month of the year, the Egyptians celebrated the end of the Nile flood (Akhet).

75: Thutmose Triumphant

1:25:41 | Apr 24th, 2017

Thutmose III was accomplished indeed, but sometimes he wasn't very nice...

74: War Stories

59:11 | Apr 5th, 2017

We explore the last ten years of Thutmose's life at war: successes and failures abound, and a great confrontation with his most stubborn enemy...

Mini Episode: Hathor Festivities

21:56 | Mar 31st, 2017

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

73: The Three Princesses

55:00 | Mar 16th, 2017

After the brilliant campaign of regnal year 33, Thutmose enjoys a period of peace and plenty...

Mini Episode: Opet Festivities

28:06 | Feb 25th, 2017

In the second month the Egyptians continued their re-enactment of the myth of Osiris...

72: The Home Front (Letters to Ahmose)

48:10 | Feb 20th, 2017

The life and times of Ahmose, one of Egypt's best surviving letter writers...

News From the Field 2

18:23 | Feb 12th, 2017

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

71: Thirty-Two and Thirty

35:48 | Feb 6th, 2017

Thutmose finally celebrates his first jubilee....

Mini Episode: New Years Festivities

31:42 | Jan 29th, 2017

The Egyptian New Year began in the month called "Tekh." It heralded a month of important rituals: festivals of the Nile Flood (Hapi), festivals to honour the blessed dead (Wagy-and-Thoth), the beginning of a multi-month re-enactment of the legends of...Show More

Mini Episode: The First Pharaohs

21:19 | Jan 26th, 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)...

Mini Episode: Inauguration Day

33:26 | Jan 24th, 2017

A shameless tie-in with current events...

Episode 70: The Napoleon of Egypt

1:05:15 | Dec 30th, 2016

The most spectacular campaign of any Egyptian yet...

Episode 69: North by Northwest

1:11:30 | Dec 20th, 2016

In this episode, we explore the world beyond the Egyptian Empire...

Episode 68b: Deception at Joppa

41:03 | Dec 3rd, 2016

The wily general Djehuty could have given Odysseus a run for his money...

Episode 68: Campaigns of Victory

39:03 | Nov 25th, 2016

Thutmose III had grand plans for Canaan...

Episode 67b: The Battle of Megiddo (A Dramatic Reading)

32:29 | Nov 12th, 2016

The official account of Thutmose III's great Megiddo victory...

Episode 67: Armageddon

49:05 | Nov 9th, 2016

Thutmose III faces a rebellion. Enemies have gathered against him, and he must destroy them, or risk losing his empire in Canaan...

Mini-Episode: An Egyptian Horror Story

33:35 | Oct 28th, 2016

We explore some ghostly visitations; one man's attempt to gain the help of a long-dead spirit; some scoundrels scared straight by their encounters with the divine, and the Egyptian Guide to When Your Dreams Are Trying to Kill You. Join us for some ho...Show More

Episode 66: An Awkward Transition

49:47 | Oct 18th, 2016

After a long life, and an accomplished reign, Hatshepsut dies...

Episode 65c: Little King Thutmose

37:24 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Thutmose III spent his youth in training: training for rituals and prayers, for governance and learning, and for military arts and warfare...

Episode 65b: Two Texts of Hatshepsut

55:30 | Sep 16th, 2016

A short break from the narrative history, as we dive deep into the texts of Hatshepsut's Punt Expedition, and the historical narrative from her temple in Middle Egypt, the Speos Artemidos. Guest vocals by Anya Banerjee (Actress): http://lionrockmana...Show More

Episode 65: Hatshepsut of Millions of Years

1:15:29 | Sep 16th, 2016

Hatshepsut enters her second decade in power, and spends big on fabulous monuments...

Episode 64: Beloved Uncle

50:14 | Aug 14th, 2016

The Queen-King's most loyal servant was named Senenmut. He was confidant, ally, and...lover?

Episode 63: Hatshepsut's Excellent Adventure

42:06 | Jul 28th, 2016

Hatshepsut launches a type of project not seen since the glory days...

Episode 62b: The Divine Birth of Hatshepsut (Text)

28:50 | Jul 15th, 2016

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.

Episode 62: Holy of Holies

39:19 | Jul 15th, 2016

Hatshepsut makes some of her most daring moves. She takes the throne, becoming the second of Egypt's currently reigning kings!

Episode 61: The Two Lands Serve Her

30:59 | Jun 15th, 2016

Hatshepsut, widow-queen of Egypt, has some plans...

Episode 60: Thutmosid Family Values

42:36 | Jun 1st, 2016

Thutmose I had a distinct agenda; his daughter also had some interesting ideas...

Episode 59. The Song of Thutmose

35:59 | May 17th, 2016

The new king of Egypt was a family man, but he could also be incredibly ruthless...

News From the Field: May 2016

19:23 | May 8th, 2016

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

Mini-Episode: Dancers for God

22:30 | May 3rd, 2016

We take a short break from the narrative, to meet some Egyptian dancers and entertainers...

Episode 58. The Great Turnaround

45:45 | Apr 26th, 2016

The new king, Thutmose I goes far afield in search of glory...

Episode 57: All Things Good and Pure

1:12:39 | Apr 11th, 2016

Thebes is enjoying a resurgence in power and wealth. Tombs become more elaborate, the middle-class grows, and the King's building programs are expanding monuments constantly...

Episode 56c: A Royal Funeral

31:27 | Dec 20th, 2015

Around 1530 BCE, Ahmose I died, and the Second Intermediate Period ended for good...

Episode 56b: Restoring Splendour

48:48 | Dec 7th, 2015

The Hyksos are on the run; the Egyptians give chase. War rages across the Near East.

Episode 56: The Return of the King

43:59 | Nov 22nd, 2015

War rages up and down the Nile. King Ahmose I, and his mother Queen Ah-hotep pummel their foes, while raising up their friends.

Episode 55: Blood and Thunder

35:00 | Nov 5th, 2015

King Seqenenre Tao is dead. His body must now be retrieved from the battlefield and given its proper burial, a task which falls to his widow...

Episode 54: The Three Kingdoms

40:05 | Oct 19th, 2015

The fight-back begins. In Thebes, the Kings of Dynasty 16 are struggling to resist the invaders and reclaim their ancestral kingdom.

Episode 53: Rulers of Foreign Lands

36:04 | Sep 29th, 2015

Egypt's Kings are overthrown, the land is riven by war; the Hyksos have come... The territory of the Hyksos; border in red (Full Resolution).   Bibliography Daphna Ben-Tor, "Can Scarabs Argue for the Origin of the Hyksos?" Journal of Ancient E...Show More

Episode 52: Two Dynasties at Once

34:11 | Sep 9th, 2015

In 1700 BCE, Egypt is suddenly afflicted with a famine and plague. Unable to gain aid from the Kings of Dynasty 13, northerners rebel and establish their own kingdom.

Episode 51: Everywhere and Nowhere

42:28 | Aug 26th, 2015

Fifty-one kings in succession, who are nearly invisible in the record. Why?

Episode 50: Between Two Worlds

36:54 | Jul 28th, 2015

Dynasty 12 ends with a remarkable twist: Neferu-Sobek, a woman, takes the throne and rules as a King...

Episode 49: From One Era to Another

41:48 | Jul 11th, 2015

The nine year reign of Amenemhat IV (Maa-cheru-Re) was unremarkable. But big things were happening elsewhere in the world: we explore the borders of Egyptian influence.

Episode 48: End of an Era

36:07 | May 30th, 2015

Wealth and power belong to Amenemhat III. But all is not well within the kingdom...

Episode 47: Strong Ruler(s)

47:10 | May 2nd, 2015

The reign of Senuseret III draws to its close. But the transition will be less than smooth...

Episode 46: Crushing Our Enemies

40:17 | Apr 6th, 2015

Egyptians are practicing a novel way of destroying their enemies...

Episode 45: The Book of Two Ways

52:06 | Mar 27th, 2015

The cultural products of Egypt are developing rapidly, and a whole new genre of religious text is emerging. How did they do this?

Episode 44: The Shipwrecked Sailor

56:18 | Feb 20th, 2015

The Shipwrecked Sailor tells of an Egyptian who is marooned on a mythical island. What follows is a wonderful tale...

Episode 43: Dominion Over All

40:15 | Feb 10th, 2015

The power of Senuseret III is absolute. The wealthy elite are responding accordingly...

Episode 42: Underworld

30:27 | Jan 18th, 2015

Senuseret III will be one of Egypt’s most beloved and fondly-remembered kings, a monarch for the ages....

Episode 41: The Oasis

55:00 | Jan 5th, 2015

Senuseret II is a minor king, with a big impact. He builds his pyramid in a new location and inadvertently kick-starts many generations of change...

Episode 40: Feasting, Laughing and Dancing

39:18 | Nov 29th, 2014

From beer halls to temples to cemeteries, this episode explores Egyptian revelry.

Episode 39: The Wealth of Asia

42:31 | Nov 19th, 2014

Egypt is prospering. Trade missions bring wealth and exotic goods into Egypt. Archaeologists have found some of this treasure, and it survives in beautiful style...

Episode 38: Burial Rites

37:35 | Nov 4th, 2014

Amenemhat II lived a charmed life. His reign was peaceful, prosperous, and the King himself was a perfectly adequate ruler. From this period, many treasures emerge...

Episode 37: Imperial Projects

34:10 | Oct 20th, 2014

Senuseret's soldiers plunge into Nubia, the Eastern Desert and the Sinai Penninsula to acquire the precious resources needed for the king's monumental works...

Episode 36: The White Chapel

33:25 | Oct 2nd, 2014

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 of the early days survive...

Episode 35: From Father to Son

31:24 | Sep 17th, 2014

After his father's murder, King Senuseret I had much to do to save his rule...

Episode 34: Night of the Long Knives

52:44 | Sep 2nd, 2014

King Amenemhat I has been slain in his bed. A minor functionary named Sinuhe is caught up in the storm, and flees for his life. Thereby hangs a tale...

Episode 33: Revivals and Regencies

37:58 | Aug 12th, 2014

Amenemhat is a man of innovation and change. We explore his reign.

Episode 32: The Repeating of Births

37:16 | Jul 28th, 2014

A new king has seized power after a civil war. Almost immediately, he sets out to justify his actions...

Episode 31: Seven Empty Years

37:31 | Jun 25th, 2014

The King-Lists record the seven years of Montuhotep IV as "a period in which no king reigned." And no images or official documents survive from his reign. Why?

Episode 30: Smooth Sailing on the Red Sea

35:42 | Jun 7th, 2014

Montuhotep II is gone. His son now takes power. His short reign is impressive, with many achievements...

Episode 29: The War God

29:23 | May 22nd, 2014

With his rule secured, and Egypt united under his authority, Montuhotep II is once again ready for war....

Episode 28: The King in the North

33:33 | May 6th, 2014

Egypt has a new ruler. But gaining power, and keeping it, are two different things...

Episode 27: A Walk in the Desert

34:57 | Apr 18th, 2014

The reunited kingdom of Egypt is under the control of Montuhotep II, who now takes stock of his new kingdom....

Episode 26: The Fire Rises

50:29 | Mar 24th, 2014

The time has come for a final showdown between the competing royal families of the North and South...

Episode 25: A Fire in the South

37:58 | Feb 12th, 2014

Egypt is split in two. Two royal households fight for dominance, while semi-independent mayors do their best to fight the forces of collapse...

Episode 24: Lamentations

38:44 | Jan 26th, 2014

What happened to the Old Kingdom? Did it collapse, disintegrate, or simply fade?

Episode 23: Children of Pepy

41:00 | Jan 5th, 2014

Pepy II is reaching his twilight years. But dire times are ahead...

Episode 22: Pepy Lives

33:40 | Nov 27th, 2013

As the Sixth Dynasty wore on, its kings needed many representatives to promote their authority far and wide.

Episode 21: The Excited Child

30:00 | Oct 30th, 2013

The child King of Egypt, just six years old...

Episode 20: Expeditions and Explorers

34:00 | Oct 13th, 2013

The explorer Weni must journey into deepest Nubia (Sudan), on a mission for the king...

Episode 19: The Beloved of Re - Pepy

41:48 | Sep 22nd, 2013

A new king, Pepy I, must battle both an attempted usurper, and a conspiracy against his rule...

Episode 18: The Guards Themselves

37:12 | Aug 28th, 2013

According to legend, King Teti was murdered by members of his own family and court. If true, this is the first time in Egyptian history that such an event occurred....

Episode 17: A New Era

41:34 | Aug 17th, 2013

Dynasty 6 begins with Teti, who marries into the royal family. What followed was a very productive era in Egyptian culture...

Episode 15: The Enduring Ka

40:53 | Jul 9th, 2013

Djedkare is a capable and effective ruler. He institutes changes in the government, which tell us a surprising amount about what kind of people found favour in the land of the Nile...

Episode 14: The Joy of Re's Heart

43:37 | Jul 3rd, 2013

Niuserre came to the throne in difficult circumstances, but he still managed to create a thriving cultural environment...

Episode 13: The Hairdressers Cometh

42:17 | Jun 17th, 2013

In the reign of King Niuserre, many men came forth from surprising backgrounds, to serve the King and to gain power and influence...

Episode 12: I Make the Soul Beautiful

37:35 | Jun 10th, 2013

Sahure's death creates a murky period, in which kings come and go alarmingly quickly...

Episode 11: Off To Punt We Go

43:51 | May 29th, 2013

King Sahure comes to the throne, and opens a new chapter: for the first time, the Egyptians are going to Punt...

Episode 10: A Temple To The Sun

42:03 | Apr 16th, 2013

New Dynasty, new me! A new lineage of power is in control, and they have some interesting ideas...

Episode 9: She Is Foremost

45:29 | Apr 2nd, 2013

When King Menkaure dies without heir, his sister Khenty-kaus steps into the breach. Placing her young son on the throne, Khenty-kaus then takes charge of the government....

Episode 8: That Which I Own

44:43 | Mar 30th, 2013

Khafre's son Menkaure takes the throne. His pyramid is much smaller than the other Giza monuments...why?

Episode 7: He Appears Like Re

46:16 | Feb 11th, 2013

King Khafre immortalizes himself in the second-largest pyramid ever constructed, and the legendary Sphinx...

Mini Episode: Tales of Wonder

36:51 | Feb 4th, 2013

A short reading of a tale set in the reigns of Khufu and his father, Sneferu...

Episode 6: The Ram-God Protects Him

37:20 | Feb 3rd, 2013

The Great Pyramid needs no introduction. But I'll introduce it anyway...

Mini-Episode: The Prince of Beers

23:29 | Feb 2nd, 2013

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

Episode 5: The One Who Makes Beautiful Things

32:05 | Feb 1st, 2013

In the reign of Sneferu the Egyptians begin a spate of monument building; one that will make them legends....

Episode 4: The Two Lands Are My Palace

24:31 | Jan 1st, 2013

(c.2686 BCE) The Third Dynasty started strong, but who was really responsible? The King, or his most famous servant...Imhotep?

Episode 3: With Apologies to Led Zeppelin

37:55 | Jan 1st, 2013

The first pyramid, a great king, and an all-powerful but destructive goddess...

Episode 2: Horus Takes Flight

36:26 | Jan 1st, 2013

The first Kings of Egypt are an interesting bunch; but much of their history is shrouded in mystery...

Episode 1: Infinite Waters

48:08 | Jan 1st, 2013

Atum creates the Universe out of the waters of the Nun. The first Egyptians emerge along the banks of the Nile, and slowly build a state...


15:00 | Jan 1st, 2013

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