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The History of Egypt Podcast

The History of Egypt Podcast

Discover ancient Egypt, in their own words. This podcast uses ancient texts and archaeology to uncover the lost world of the Nile Valley. A tale of pharaohs, pyramids, gods, and people. The show is written by a trained Egyptologist and uses detailed, up-to-date research. We dive deep into the ancient society, to uncover their fascinating tales. A member of the Agora Podcast Network.

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Interview: Mummies! with Prof. Ann Rosalie David

What does a mummy smell like? Prof. Ann Rosalie David is a pioneering researcher in mummies and ancient pathology. Having led many studies on Egyptian bodies, Prof. David helps reconstruct the lifestyles of the past. In this interview, she helpfully answers questions about ancient diseases, the Amarna royal mummies, and some left-field topics as well. Learn more about Ann Rosalie David and her work at Manchester University. Purchase "A Year in the Life of Ancient Egypt," by Rosalie David at Pen & Sword Publishing (Kindle, Hardcover, and ePub). Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Sound effects by Keith Zizza keithzizza.com and Hathor Systrum. Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast.

 

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2021-02-28
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138: Lost Women of Amarna

Powerful, but vanished. Following the death of Akhenaten, several prominent women disappear from history. Meritaten, the King?s Eldest Daughter; Kiya, one of his wives; and two mysterious daughters, the ?Tasherits? present unresolved questions. What happened to them? We explore this question? Date c.1343 BCEwww.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

 

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2021-02-21
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Mini: The Brutal Death of Seqenenre Ta'a

Crime Scene Investigation. In the early 1500s BCE, the King of Southern Egypt, Seqen-en-re Ta?a died. His end was violent and bloody. The king was a victim of (unknown) enemies, who tied him up and executed him. The full circumstances of this event are coming to light with new research. Today, we dig into recent studies on the event and its larger context? Read the new study of Seqenenre's mummy at https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmed.2021.637527. References and further reading at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2021-02-18
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137b: The Tomb of Nefertiti

A Hidden Monument? In recent years, the public has thrilled to reports that hidden chambers, in the tomb of Tutankhamun, might contain the burial of Nefertiti. But the question of Nefertiti's tomb is complicated. In fact, it's possible she never even received a kingly/royal burial. In this episode, we explore the results of many studies... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Audio mixing/editing by Vincent Cavanagh

 

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2021-02-14
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137: The Death of Nefertiti

A Short-Lived Reign. By 1344 BCE, Nefer-neferu-Aten (Nefertiti) was in her mid-thirties. She did not have long to live. In her third regnal year, the King of Egypt died. Her death is mysterious: was it natural, an accident, or murder? Studying Nefertiti's last years, and the mummy that might belong to her, we go in search of answers. How did Nefertiti die? www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Music by Jeffrey Goodman www.jeffreygoodmanmusic.com

 

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2021-02-07
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136: Nefer-neferu-Aten (Pharaoh Nefertiti)

Nefertiti, King of Egypt. Following the death of Akhenaten, Queen Nefertiti may have become a King. Modern research suggests that, following her husband's death, Nefertiti became the new pharaoh. Her reign, and policies, are a shadowy but fascinating chapter in the royal history... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2021-01-31
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Summary: Akhenaten (Phase 3)

The final chapters. The last years of Akhenaten's reign (12 to 17) are a litany of difficulties and losses. The King's household suffered challenges, and he responded with extreme policies. Before we leave the King for good, we summarise what had happened, and what it all means... www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2021-01-26
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News: BIG Discovery at Saqqara

The Ministry of Antiquities has announced a major discovery in the necropolis of Saqqara. A funerary temple, dating to the Old Kingdom (Dynasty 6) has come to light. Also, the Egyptian excavators have opened more than fifty burial shafts of the New Kingdom (Dynasties 18 and 19). The discovery is massive, and promises to add a lot to our understanding of life, burial, and religion in the ancient necropolis. Discovery announced January 16th, 2021. Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman. See photos and read the press releases at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com

 

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2021-01-17
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Exploring the Oases (The Dakhleh Oasis Project)

A Call for Help. Since 2014, the Dakhleh Oasis Project has been dealing with restrictions on its excavations in Egypt's western desert. Due to security concerns, traditional funding has dried up, and the Project directors have turned to crowd funding for assistance. If you can spare a dollar, please listen to this audio introduction from Dominic and Dr. Pawel Polkowski, a director working for the project. You can learn more at the websites below, and you can support the DOP via Go Get Funding at https://gogetfunding.com/island-of-the-blessed-the-dakhleh-oasis-project/. Learn about the Project on their website http://dakhlehoasisproject.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/egyptdop. Thank you for your time, and please consider supporting a worthy cause. Even one dollar, from enough people, can make a big difference. Music by Ancient Lyric at www.bettinajoydeguzman.com and Keith Zizza at www.keithzizza.com.

 

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2021-01-14
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Mini: Chief of the Medjay

In the city of Akhet-Aten (Amarna) a small tomb hides a noteworthy story. Here, we find the life and work of a police officer. Mahu, Chief of the Medjay in Akhet-Aten, managed the guards who patrolled the Horizon of Aten. Mahu, and his troops, were responsible for guarding the outposts and apprehending fugitives. Possibly, they were also involved in criminal punishments. Some of those practices were quite cruel? Date c. 1357-1343 BCE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2020-12-20
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Introducing my Research Assistant

Meet Elissa Day, a graduate student at the University of Cambridge, and my new Research Assistant! Follow Elissa on twitter.com @emtd98

 

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2020-12-11
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Interview: The Place and the People, with Fatma Keshk

Fatma Keshk is an Egyptologist, archaeologist and researcher in Egyptian heritage. She leads the outreach project "The Place and the People," working to strengthen ties between archaeologists and local Egyptian communities. It is my pleasure to welcome Fatma to the History of Egypt Podcast; I hope you enjoy the conversation. Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Fatma Keshk at the Free University of Berlin https://exoriente.academia.edu/FatmaKeshk,The Place and the People online www.facebook.com/The-Place-and-the-People-2315808581791112, The Tale of Shutb (children's story in English) https://projects.britishmuseum.org/

 

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2020-12-09
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Interview: Nubian Egypt, with Dr. Aaron de Souza.

Aaron de Souza is an archaeologist specializing in the material culture of Egypt and Nubia. He earned his PhD at Macquarie University, Sydney, in 2016, and is now a Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, in Vienna. In the field, Aaron works with ceramics and material culture, particularly in cemetery contexts. He has published several articles and a book, titled New Horizons: The Pan-Grave Ceramic Tradition in Context. Aaron is an insightful researcher, part of the new generation of scholars that are examining (and re-examining) historical material in new ways. Learn more about Dr. Aaron de Souza online at Academia https://oeaw.academia.edu/AarondeSouza, the In Between Nubia website https://inbetweennubia.com/author/amdesouza/, and on Twitter https://twitter.com/aaronmdesouza. Shop History of Egypt merchandise at www.teepublic.com, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Bettina Joy de Guzman www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2020-12-01
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Interview: Egyptian Heritage, with Heba abd el Gawad

Heba Abd el Gawad is an exhibition curator, public outreach specialist and researcher in Egyptian heritage within museum contexts. She is the postdoctoral researcher for the project ?Egypt?s Dispersed Heritage: Views from Egypt? at the Institute of Archaeology, University College of London, in addition to many other important works. Heba joins the History of Egypt Podcast to discuss public outreach, museum communication and accessibility, and the cultural heritage of Egypt and its people. For more information about the projects discussed in this interview, see the following links: Egypt's Dispersed Heritage project on Twitter www.twitter.com/excavatedegypt and Facebook www.facebook.com/EgyptsDispersedHeritage, the Manchester Museum Podcast "Who Owns Egyptian heritage?" Manchester Museum https://www.mmfromhome.com/podcast/episode/39f9e1a5/who-owns-egyptian-heritage-with-heba-abd-el-gawad, Arabic Digital Comics during COVID 19  www.al-fanarmedia.org/2020/08/arabic-comics-reach-a-wider-audience-through-digital-projects/, and "Fayoum Human Remains Your mummies, Their Ancestors," a webinar on the ethics of displaying and researching human remains in partnership with Egypt Exploration Society and Everyday Orientalist www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC51hWto1J8&t=4603s. Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

 

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2020-11-24
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Fun: The Tomb Kings

An unofficial history, Part 1. In distant ages, and forgotten realms, a mighty civilization once flourished on the banks of a great river. The people of Nehekhara and their great kings are now a memory? but they are not dead. Not quite. Today, we dive into the lore of a fantasy civilization, inspired by ancient Egypt? Date c.2,500 Before the Imperial Calendar (I.C.) Music by TableTop Audio www.tabletopaudio.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music from Pond5 www.pond5.com, All images copyright Games Workshop, additional images at Art Station (search: Tomb Kings). CHAPTER TIME CODES = Chapter 1 Nehekhara 06:00... Chapter 2 Settra Prince of Khemri 18:10... Chapter 3 Settra the Imperishable 29:50... Chapter 4 The Time of Kings, the Rise of Nagash 48:06... Chapter 5 The Tyranny of Nagash 56:44... Chapter 6 The Creation of the Tomb Kings 1:08:34... Chapter 7 Ancient Egypt Inspirations 1:25:16... Epilogues 1:40:34

 

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2020-10-31
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Show Update - End of 2020

Some good news and some bad news. Before we start the next chapter of Egyptian history, I need to take a break. Fortunately, I also have some help on the next step. In this update, I explain my situation at the end of 2020 and what the future holds for the podcast... Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

 

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2020-10-26
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135: The Face(s) of Akhenaten

Legacy and Summary. Today, we look back at Akhenaten's reign, and I ramble for a while about his importance in history, both ancient and modern... Date c. 1346 BCE and 20th Century CE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-10-23
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134b: The Burial(s) of Akhenaten

Side-episode. Today we discuss some "extra" items from Akhenaten's tomb. Also, we return to KV55, that elusive monument in the Valley of the Kings, to see some reasons why it *might* be Akhenaten.

Date c.1346 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-10-15
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134: The Death of Akhenaten

A controversy comes to its end. King Akhenaten died in his 17th year on the throne. Surprisingly, we know a lot about his passing and his burial. From the date of his death, to his sarcophagus, shabti figurines and his innovative tomb, we can get a sense of how this controversial ruler finally met his end... Date c.1346 BCE, Images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-10-07
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133: The Heretic King

Erasing a God. Sometime in his reign, Akhenaten initiated a project that has made him infamous. The King?s agents, sculptors and masons travelled throughout the country, visiting major temples and shrines. Their job? Hack away the name and figure of Amun, King of the Gods, wherever they found it. This project is the most controversial of Akhenaten?s reign.Today, we dig into what happened, and why the King did it... Chapter 2 begins at 24:30, Date c.1347 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Music by Ancient Lyric bettinajoydeguzman.com, The History of Egypt Podcast is a member of the Agora Podcast Network www.agorapodcastnetwork.com

 

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2020-09-09
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Interview: Prof. Kara Cooney (Full Version)

Full version of the interview with Prof. Kara Cooney, for those who want it. Time codes for discussion... Intro 03:25... Funerary Culture 11:11... Craftworking 25:56... Hatshepsut's Legacy 38:19... Royal Authority 56:09... Hatshepsut's Mummy 1:07:24... Egyptological Science, Media, and Prof. Cooney's career 1:15:38. Learn more about Prof. Kara Cooney and read her published material at http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ Visit The History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/, Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-08-29
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Interview: Egyptology, Science, and Media with Prof. Kara Cooney

Interview with Kara Cooney, Part 3: The Science of Egyptology, Research in the Public Arena, and future works. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In this interview, we discuss her work for TV documentaries and popular publishing. We also dive into the science of Egyptology, how it gets reported in media, and recent developments. Finally, we discuss Kara's current and future projects, and what we can look forward to on the horizon... Kara Cooney's website http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ The History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/. Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2020-08-28
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Interview: Hatshepsut, Power, and the Mafia with Prof. Kara Cooney

Interview with Kara Cooney, Part 2: The Impact of Hatshepsut's Reign on the Royal House of Dynasty 18. Kara (Kathlyn) Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In this interview, we discuss her book The Woman Who Would be King, and her research into the reign and legacy of King Hatshepsut. Episode image: a statue of Hatshepsut, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Kara Cooney's website http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ The History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/. Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2020-08-27
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Interview: The Cost of Death with Prof. Kara Cooney

Kara Cooney, Part 1: Funerary Culture and Royal Power. Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney is professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). In this interview, we discuss her research in funerary culture and the cost of burial for non-royal Egyptians during the New Kingdom. Episode logo image: the coffin of Sennedjem, showing (top) high-quality carved glyphs and (bottom) rough, "inexpert/apprentice" glyphs. Kara Cooney's website http://karacooney.squarespace.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/karacooneyegyptologist/ History of Egypt Podcast website https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/. Intro music and interludes by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Outro music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com.

 

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2020-08-26
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Interview: Uncovering Amarna, with Dr. Chris Naunton

Interview episode. Chris Naunton is the former head of the Egypt Exploration Society and the elected President International Association of Egyptologists (2016-2019). With decades of experience, he is an enthusiastic and engaging scholar, with a particular talent for outreach and communication. Dr. Naunton sat down to discuss the city of Amarna, its exploration, and the evidence that helps us connect with its ancient, famous people. Dr. Naunton's website and books https://chrisnaunton.com. Youtube seminars: "The People of Amarna" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A6f5yk1QdM,"A History of the Egypt Exploration Society" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AgqomUA-BQ, and The Lost Tombs of Egypt" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-ogtWxeV9A. Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Follow the podcast at https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/

 

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2020-08-19
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132: Iconic Nefertiti

The Nefertiti bust. How it was made, how it was discovered, and how it wound up in a museum far from its home. Date c.1347 BCE and 1912 CE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, additional music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

 

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2020-08-07
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131: King Nefertiti

The Queen becomes King. Throughout Akhenaten?s reign, the Great King?s Wife Neferet-Iti (Nefertiti) grew more and more prominent. By regnal year 16 (1437 BCE), she seemed to be an equal to her husband. Eventually, the Queen may have transitioned to a new role, and become a co-regent alongside Akhenaten. In this episode, we explore the evidence for Nefertiti as a King? CHAPTER TWO TIME CODE 22:38 Date c. 1347 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-07-29
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130: The Life and Death of Smenkhkare

A Short-Lived Ruler. In 1349 BCE, Egypt had two kings. But not for long. The young ruler, Smenkhkare, was destined to die early. In this episode, we explore the strange case of Akhenaten's co-king... Date c.1349 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

 

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2020-07-22
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129: Hard-Knock Life

Child labour, plague, and dark deeds at Amarna. By regnal year 14 (c.1349 BCE) Akhenaten's capital city had grown to almost thirty thousand people. This massive growth carried a price, one that archaeologists are finding in the city's vast cemeteries... Date c.1349 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com Support the show for early access, ad-free episodes, and much more at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

 

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2020-07-06
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Interview: Amarna Sunset with Prof. Aidan Dodson

Royal Tombs, Amarna, Egyptology. Prof. Aidan Dodson has been in the game many years, and has published widely on a variety of topics. From his best-selling Amarna Sunset, Amarna Sunrise and The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt, Prof. Dodson is familiar to many who are interested in ancient Egypt. In this interview, he sat down to discuss the Amarna Period, royal tombs, and the science of history in Egyptology. A fascinating conversation, which I'm excited to share! Date c.1350 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com Find more of Prof. Dodson's work and purchase his book The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt at Pen & Sword Publishing https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Aidan-Dodson/a/2681

 

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2020-06-25
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128: True Crime KV55 (DNA, CSI... etc)

The Mysterious Mummy. In this episode, we visit the historical crime scene known as Valley of the Kings tomb number 55. KV55 is easily the most analysed, debated, and confounding find in all of Egyptology... Date: c.1350 BCE and 1907 CE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

 

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2020-06-19
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127: Meket-Aten and Smenkh-Ka-Re

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 2. In 1350 BCE the royal house of Egypt was in crisis. The princess Meket-Aten, just eight years old, was the second prominent person to die in a short span of time. Soon after, Akhenaten seems to have appointed a new co-ruler. His name was Smenkh-ka-Re. Date c.1350 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-06-05
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126: The Death of Queen Tiye

Two Funerals and a Wedding, Part 1. Around year 12 of Akhenaten, the Queen Mother Tiye died. She journeyed to the West at the age of 60, having been a powerful influence for more than fifty years. Tiye is a monumental figure, literally, in the history of ancient Egypt. In this episode, we do her honour, and explore her legacy following her death. Date c.1351 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com

 

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2020-06-03
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125b: Maru Aten and North Palace

A guided tour. In this episode we explore two monuments belonging to an ancient princess, and see the luxury in which a pharaoh's daughter lived... Date c.1451 BCE (reign of Akhenaten) www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, support the show and get ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com. Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast.

 

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2020-05-20
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125: House of Meritaten

A Princess of Egypt. By 1351 BCE, princess Meritaten was approximately ten years old. The pharaoh's eldest daughter was front and centre of propaganda. But what was her life like? Today, we explore the life of an Egyptian princess... Date c. 1451 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, support the show and get ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by Ancient Lyric www.bettinajoydeguzman.com, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast

 

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2020-05-18
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124: Amurrites 2, The Crimes of Aziru

Diplomacy, Betrayal, Murder. Around 1350 BCE, the sons of Abdi-Ashirta inherited his power and began to pursue further conquests. Along the way, they committed several heinous crimes... Date c.1355-1350 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com I will be presenting at the Intelligent Speech Conference on June 27, 2020! Get early bird tickets for just $10 USD at www.intelligentspeechconference.com/shop/, music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, music by music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter https://dbfiechter.bandcamp.com/, support the show and get ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

 

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2020-05-04
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123: Amurrites and Where to Find Them

Abdi-Ashirta and the Rise of Amurru. In the later years of Amunhotep III (father of Akhenaten) and the early years of Akhenaten himself, events in the north began to trouble the royal court. The Egyptian empire, long established in Canaan and Syria, was under threat. Great powers were rising, and regional vassals were starting to fight amongst themselves. Into this milieu, a man named Abdi-Ashirta began to make waves... Episode date c.1365-1360 BCE. Music by Derek and Brandon Fiechter. Intro music by Keith Zizza. Support the show and get ad-free, extended episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

 

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2020-04-15
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122: Letters from the Capital

A Man Living Alone. In the midst of Akhenaten's whirlwind reforms, and his radical decisions, it's easy to forget the impact this probably had on ordinary people. How did the folks who followed Akhenaten adjust to life in a completely new city? A few letters and texts, excavated in the old capital, give us a glimpse... Episode details at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show and get episodes early + ad-free at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

 

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2020-03-30
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Interview: Alcohol & Economics with Prof. Leslie Anne Warden

Beer, Bread and Pharaoh's Power. My guest today is Dr. Leslie Anne Warden, Associate Professor of art history and archaeology at Roanoke College in Virginia, USA. An insightful scholar, Prof. Warden is here to share her investigations into the world of ancient economics, particularly how beer and bread can reveal the inner-workings of Egyptian society. From ceramics to experiments in brewing, Prof. Warden provides a detailed and thoughtful view on the world of the Nile Valley. Look: Pottery and Economy in Old Kingdom Egypt, 2013; University profile, Academia.edu. Podcast website www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show and get ad-free, early releases at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast

 

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2020-03-25
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Interview: Ancient Lives with Prof. Elizabeth Frood

Two Kiwis Nerding Out. My guest today is Dr. Elizabeth Frood, Associate Professor of Egyptology and Director of the Griffith Institute at the University of Oxford, UK. In a lively discussion, Prof. Frood shares her insights into ancient lives and how people living in the non-royal sphere approached their immortality. Statues, texts and graffiti show us the minds of these people and how they depicted their concerns, beliefs and ideas. It's a great conversation and I think you'll really enjoy it! Book, Biographical Texts from Ramessid Egypt, 2007. Background: Oxford academic page and research info at Academia.edu. Story: Egypt, fieldwork and physical disabilities; BBC - the infection which took my nose and legs; Facebook - the Egyptologist who almost lost everything.

 

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2020-03-18
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Summary: Akhenaten (Phase 2)

Interlude: More Story So Far...

We've covered a lot since Akhenaten abandoned the traditional capitals and moved to his new home of Akhet-Aten. Now, the second phase of pharaoh's rule lasted between regnal years 6 and 12 (c.1357-1351 BCE). In this time, the King completed many of the goals he initiated back in phase 1. Then, he began to build on those, further refining his ideas and moving forward into new territory...

Date: c.1357 to 1351 BCE (regnal year 6 to 12)

King: Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)

Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)

Location: Amarna (Akhet-Aten)

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2020-03-04
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121: Festival of Tribute

Akhenaten (Part 11): Foreigners Submit. By 1351 BCE, Akhenaten had achieved many of his early goals. His city, Akhet-Aten, was established, his religious ideas were reaching maturity, and the King could begin to express his vision of Aten in a new way. Finally, pharaoh could celebrate his mastery over foreign populations. Thus, in 1351 BCE, Egypt played host to a grand celebration of tribute? Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Podcast and get AD-FREE, early release episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com and Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com

 

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2020-02-23
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120: Reverend Mother

Akhenaten (Part 10): Queen Tiye's Retirement. For the first decade of Akhenaten's rule, his mother Tiye was a background figure. But we have more evidence for her later years than you'd expect, including magnificent art and objects. Plus, the Queen herself returned to public life when she made a splendid visit to pharaoh's new city... Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Podcast and get AD-FREE, early release episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com

 

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2020-01-30
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Mini Episode: The Doomed Prince

Ancient Fairytales (Part 2). Sometime in the 18th Dynasty, perhaps around the time of Akhenaten, a fairy-tale became popular in Egypt. The story spoke of a prince, forced to flee his home after a prophecy foretold that he would die from one of three fates - a dog, a snake, or a crocodile. Leaving Egypt, the prince went on many adventures - some quite familiar from our own fairy tales. Inevitably, though, the young man had to face his destiny, and confront the three fates which came for him... Support the show and get AD-FREE early access at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast... Episode bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com... Thanks for listening!

 

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2020-01-08
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Mini Episode: The Tale of Two Brothers

Ancient Fairytales (Part 1). In the late 18th or early 19th Dynasties, a story developed in Egypt. It told of two siblings, Anubis and Bata, who contended with injustice and misfortune. Facing treachery, divine intervention and even the pharaoh himself, the two brothers overcame obstacles and sought to restore justice, against those who did them wrong. In this fairytale, we see how two (divine) beings contended with falsehood. Support the Podcast and get AD-FREE EARLY ACCESS at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast... Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com,

 

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2020-01-01
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119: Tut-ankh-Aten

Akhenaten (Part 9): A Royal Son. By 1352 BCE, Akhenaten and his family were well ensconced in the palaces of Amarna. The pharaoh could enjoy the company of his Great Wife, Nefertiti, and his three elder daughters. He could also enjoy the pleasures afforded by his second wife and look forward to the eventual birth of his son, a prince who would become one of the most famous names in Egyptian history... Date c.1352 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

 

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2019-12-18
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118b: Priests and Provisions

Priests and Provisions for Akhet-Aten. Around 1354 BCE (regnal year 8), Akhenaten took care to organise his new royal city. Among other things he expanded the agricultural domain which would serve Aten (the sun god), and he also appointed new priests and administrators to manage his temples. As the first decade of his rule came towards its end, Akhenaten's vision was finally starting to become reality... Date c.1354 BCE https://www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/all-episodes/, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow the show on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com 

 

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2019-12-04
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118: The House of Aten

Amarna (Part 5): Great Temples.

When he established his new residence-city, Akhenaten made special provision for his god?s house. Two great temples, dedicated to the solar disc, rose on the east bank of the Nile River. Searching the archaeological remains, and scouring the artistic record of these temples, we can get a sense of how Akhenaten worshipped his god; and some of the symbols and meanings he used to express it...

Date: c.1357 BCE. King Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re). Queen Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)...

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2019-11-21
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Interview: Akhnaten (a MetOpera cast)

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. Now, Akhnaten returns in a new run. Akhnaten by The Metropolitan Opera, in New York, is running from November 8th to December 7th, 2019 and will be broadcast worldwide in cinemas; find tickets here

 

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2019-11-13
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117: Adoring Ra

Precursors to Atenism.

The god Aten has a long history; and in the 18th Dynasty, many Egyptians were praising the sun god in a variety of forms (Ra, Atum, Horakhty, Aten, Khepri etc). Akhenaten's reforms were radical, but they have some obvious roots. Looking at several religious texts, side by side, we can see how the sun god became a major, universal deity at this time... (Date = 1400-1360 BCE; King = Akhenaten; Queen = Nefertiti; Location = Thebes and Amarna. Website at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com, Sistrum by Hathor Systrum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7pYdPOS4yw).

 

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2019-11-07
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