The History of Egypt Podcast
Interview: Tutankhamun Inc. with Prof. Christina Riggs
Face-to-face with the legends. Christina Riggs is a Professor (History of Visual Culture) at Durham University. In 2021, her book Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century took a broader view of the tomb and its discovery than most books on the subject. Her discussion helps us review and revisit older myths or assumptions, and encourage new perspectives on Egyptology's most famous discovery.Prof. Christina Riggs at Durham University.Christina Riggs at Academia.edu.Christina Riggs' website including her blog and the article "Waterboys and Wishful Thinking."
Interview: Finding Tutankhamun with Dr. Joyce Tyldesley
An enigmatic icon. Dr. Joyce Tyldesley returns for her second interview with The History of Egypt Podcast! We spoke about her recent book Tutankhamun: Pharaoh. Icon. Enigma. and the legacy of the discovery, including aspects of its excavation and significance. We also got into some random topics including Philomena Cunk, Scandinavian Noir shows, and Strictly Come Dancing. Enjoy!Dr. Joyce Tyldesley at The University of Manchester.Dr. Tyldesley's 2022 book Tutankhamun: Pharaoh. Icon. Enigma. at Headline Publishing.
Interview: The Tomb of Tutankhamun with Dr. Bob Brier
Tutankhamun, Mummies, and Murder, oh my! I sat down with Dr. Bob Brier to discuss the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and the legacy of this important discovery. We also chatted about Dr. Brier's work in Egyptology, including his experiment in mummifying a human for scientific research. Finally, we touched on some older works including his "Murder of Tutankhamun" hypothesis and the Great Pyramid's construction (including the "internal ramp" hypothesis of Jean-Pierre Houdin).My thanks to Dr. Brier for coming on the show, and for allowing me to release the video version! Extra special thanks to Pat Remler for organising the conversation!Preorder Dr. Brier's book Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World from Oxford University Press.Read a report on Carter's thefts at The Guardian.Find Dr. Brier's hierogylphs lessons (and others) at The Great Courses.
Anniversary: The Tomb of Tutankhamun
Hardcore Edition. In a special presentation, I compile my “Tomb of Tutankhamun” miniseries into a single mega episode. With updated information, and some new revelations, this 7-hour special is the full story, as best I can tell it.Reference materials:For the full archive of Harry Burton’s photographs, showing the tomb of Tutankhamun in its original state, at the Griffith Institute.See other images, including the treasures, at Wikimedia.The Tomb of Tutankhamun at The Theban Mapping Project.The life and reign of Tutankhamun at The History of Egypt Podcast.The Tomb of Tutankhamun episodes (with references and pictures):Part 1 (Chapters 1 to 5).Part 2 (Chapters 6 and 7).Part 3 (Chapters 8 and 9).Part 4 (Chapters 10 to 12).Part 5 (Chapters 13 and 14).Part 6 (Chapters 15 and 16).The “DNA Study” (Episode 128).The Tomb of Nefertiti (Episode 137b).Episode DetailsDate: 1340 BCE and 1922 - 1932 CE.Logo image: The gold mummy mask of Tutankhamun via Wikimedia.Music by Keith Zizza https://www.keithzizza.net/Music by Michael Levy http://www.ancientlyre.com/Music by Ancient Lyric http://www.bettinajoydeguzman.com/Sound interludes by Luke Chaos https://twitter.com/Luke_Chaos
172: Wise Like Thoth
Horemheb's favourite god. Throughout his life, Horemheb commissioned monuments and artefacts that honoured Djehuty (Thoth). As a courtier, then a King, Horemheb showed a certain favour towards this god. Why did he like this god, in particular, and what do these artefacts tell us about Horemheb as a person?Logo image: Horemheb as a Scribe, statue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.Read the Hymn to Thoth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.Episode details at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.com.Music interludes by Luke Chaos, Hathor Systrum, and Keith Zizza.
171: Law & Order (Special Ma'at Unit)
Horemheb's Great Decree. Sometime during his reign, King Horemheb proclaimed a new set of laws. Taking aim at corruption and abuses-of-power (allegedly happening throughout Egypt), the pharaoh went hard on corrective measures. Punishments could range from beatings to disfigurement, exile, and death. Horemheb was not messing around. But what was he really trying to achieve?Episode details, pictures and references at www.egyptianhistorypodcast.comIntro music by Keith Zizza www.keithzizza.netInterludes and Outro music by Luke Chaos www.twitter.com/luke_chaosLogo: Horemheb and Amun. Photo by Richard Mortel via Flickr.com.BibliographyG. de la Bédoyere, Pharaohs of the Sun: The Rise and Fall of Tutankhamen’s Dynasty (2022).C. Eyre, The Use of Documents in Pharaonic Egypt (2013).A. Gnirs, ‘Haremhab - ein Staatsreformator? Neue Betrachtungen zum Haremhab-Dekret’, Studien zur Altägyptischen Kultur 16 (1989), 83–110.A. M. Gnirs, Militär und Gesellschaft: Ein Beitrag zur Sozialgeschichte des Neuen Reiches (1996).A. M. Gnirs, ‘Coping With the Army: The Military and the State in the New Kingdom’, in J. C. Moreno García (ed.), Ancient Egyptian Administration (2013), 639—717.R. Hari, Horemheb et la reine Moutnedjemet ou la fin d’une Dynastie (1965).W. Helck, Urkunden der 18. Dynastie: Ubersetzung zu den Heften 17–22 (1961).J.-M. Kruchten, Le décret d’Horemheb: traduction, commentaire épigraphique, philologique et institutionnel (1981).K. Pflüger, ‘The Edict of King Haremhab’, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 5 (1946), 260–76.YouTube: Guy de la Bédoyere, "Horemheb, the 'Enlightened Despot,'" https://youtu.be/-jCEo21_hK4
Talk: Pharaohs at War (The New Kingdom)
The bold and the bloody. This is a lecture I gave at The University of Auckland, as an "Introduction to Egyptian Warfare in the New Kingdom." It covers basic points: weapons, organisation, vehicles, battles and strategies, and also larger concepts like state violence and imperialism - how the Pharaohs approached warfare itself. Also, I explore some major events that we have already discussed (e.g. the Battle of Megiddo, the Capture of Joppa), and some still to come (The Battle of Kadesh).There is also a video version available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0OTRLicVisPodcast website www.egyptianhistorypodcast.comSupport the show at www.patreon.com/egyptpodcast
Talk: Hidden Voices of Ancient Egypt
This is a talk I gave for the Intelligent Speech Conference in 2021, discussing some recent discoveries and newer angles of exploration in Egyptology. It is also available on YouTube.