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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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

49mins

23 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Episode 10: A Temple To The Sun

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://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2013/05/01/episode-10-a-temple-to-the-sun/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

15 Apr 2013

Rank #2

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Episode 8: That Which I Own

Menkaure and the Egyptian Economy. Around 2520 BCE, King Khaf-Re died and his son Men-Kau-Re took power. Menkaure ("The Spirit of Re Endures") oversaw a more modest phase of pyramid building. His monument at Giza was the smallest pyramid yet. Were all of these pyramids straining the economy? We investigate a social structure very different from our own... Date c.2520 - 2500 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

18 Mar 2013

Rank #3

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Episode 9: She Is Foremost

King but not a King. Around 2500 BCE, King Menkaure died without an heir. His sister Khenty-Kau-es ("She is Foremost") stepped into the vacuum and governed the state on behalf of her young son, Shepses-ka-ef. This was an interesting period, with a lasting impact on royal power... Date c. 2500 - 2490 BCE https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

1 Apr 2013

Rank #4

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95: Hundred-Gated Thebes

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 god Amun. We explore these monuments, and how they created a reputation that still resonated in the sagas of Greek myth...Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comHarp Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.comImages and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/04/02/episode-95-hundred-gated-thebes/Check out Literature & History podcast at www.literatureandhistory.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

40mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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100: Celebration

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's reign, and renewing his authority on earth. Some of these rites were truly arcane, hearkening back to the very earliest days of the Egyptian kingdom.In this special episode, we explore the festival from beginning to end as it is recorded in the tomb of Kheruef, a royal official who witnessed the celebration...Episode divided into four chapters:Chapter One at 03:28Chapter Two at 20:44Chapter Three at 33:20Chapter Four at 52:20Epilogue at 1:06:14Episode images at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.comThe History of Egypt Podcast is on Patreon! Find all kinds of perks and exclusives at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcastMusic by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comMusic by Jeffrey Goodman www.jeffreygoodmanmusic.com/Music by Derek and Brandon Feichter https://dbfiechter.bandcamp.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 15mins

9 Jul 2018

Rank #6

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79: Let My People Go

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 this the historical inspiration for the Biblical "Captivity"? We go in search of answers... Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comAdditional Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.comImages and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/07/16/episode-79-let-my-people-go/Please help the show by taking a quick survey https://podcastsurvey.typeform.com/to/OX7nLd See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 36mins

17 Jul 2017

Rank #7

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Episode 6: The Ram-God Protects Him

Khufu and the Great Pyramid. Around 2580 BCE, King Khnum-Khufu ("Khnum Protects Me") came to power. His reign lasted more than 25 years, and over this quarter century, Egyptians would build the largest pyramid in history... Date c. 2580 - 2550 BCE, www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Facebook www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast, Twitter www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast, Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

4 Feb 2013

Rank #8

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Episode 54: The Three Kingdoms

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 struggled to hold their territory...Images and bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2015/10/19/467/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

19 Oct 2015

Rank #9

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102: An Egyptian Odyssey (Passage to Greece)

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 international scene. Episode images and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Outro music by Doug Metzger www.literatureandhistory.com/, Harp music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com, Intro music by Gabriel Yared www.gabrielyared.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

58mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #10

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87: Comforts of Power

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 Queen(s) makes for a fascinating reign...Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comAdditional music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.com/Images and bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2017/11/28/episode-87-comforts-of-power/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 14mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #11

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70: The Napoleon of Egypt

Thutmose's Greatest Campaign. In 1462 BCE, approximately, King Men-kheperu-Re Thutmose III led his most daring campaign. He travelled far from Egypt to attack the heartland of Egypt's enemy, the Mitanni. What followed was one of the standout moves in ancient military history... Date c.1462 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com; get early releases and ad-free episodes at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

55mins

30 Dec 2016

Rank #12

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Episode 55: Blood and Thunder

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. She kept Thebes together, helping to maintain its unity in the face of defeat...Images and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2015/11/05/episode-55-blood-and-thunder/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

9 Nov 2015

Rank #13

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96: The Colossi of Memnon

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 particular the immense statues which are his enduring legacy. From the work of Egyptian builders to the heroes of Greek myth, the Colossi of Memnon have a unique and unusual story...Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comHarp Music by Michael Levy www.ancientlyre.comImages and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/04/22/episode-96-the-colossi-of-memnon/Check out The History of Vikings at http://thehistoryofvikings.com/episodes/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

41mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #14

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113: Akh-en-Aten

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 public declaration; he would now be called Akh-en-Aten...Time Period: c.1358 BCE (regnal year 5)...King: Amunhotep IV / Akhenaten (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re)...Queen: Nefertiti (Nefer-neferu-Aten)...Places: Waset (Thebes), Akhet-Aten (Amarna)...Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.com...Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

50mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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91: The Mighty Bulls

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 hunt, the King set himself as a vigorous and dynamic youth. His mother, Mutemwia, helped drive much of this...Music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comImages and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/02/12/episode-91-the-mighty-bulls/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

35mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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99: Sakhmet's Demons

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, though: around 1380, Queen Tiy went through the difficulties of childbirth and offered a new son to the lineage...You can now support the show on PATREON, and access many exclusive perks www.patreon.com/egyptpodcastMusic by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.comImages and Bibliography at https://egyptianhistorypodcast.com/2018/06/22/episode-99-sakhmets-demons/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

44mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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81: The Book of the Dead

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 is one of the best preserved Books of the Dead from the mid-18th Dynasty. From its unrolled pages, we can explore the journey into the underworld, as experienced by a non-royal Egyptian. Note: This episode functions as an introduction to the Book of the Dead. As we move forward through the centuries, we will revisit the text to see new developments and additions. Music by Jeffrey Goodman www.shelterofclearlight.com/, Images and Bibliography at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

33mins

7 Aug 2017

Rank #18

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108: AKA Amunhotep IV

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 would become...Time period: c.1362 BCE (regnal year 1)King: Amunhotep IV (Nefer-kheperu-Re Wa-en-Re).Notable sites: Karnak (Ipet-Sut); West Bank of Thebes (Waset).Images and Bibliography on the website (egyptianhistorypodcast.com).The Podcast is on Patreon! Subscribe for early access, ad-free episodes and much more (patreon.com/egyptpodcast).Music: Keith Zizza (keithzizza.com). See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

27mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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57: All Things Good and Pure

Amunhotep I and the Splendour of Thebes. The podcast returns from hiatus, following the death of a close family member. Around 1530 BCE, King Ahmose I died and Amunhotep I came to power. At this time, the city of Waset (Thebes) was beginning to gain wealth and prominence, thanks to the exploits of its military. Prosperity grew and non-royal tombs show a growing sense of vitality... Date c.1530 BCE www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com, Support the Show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast, Follow us on social media www.facebook.com/egyptpodcast and www.twitter.com/egyptianpodcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

11 Apr 2016

Rank #20