Nomads, Mercenaries, and Goldmines: Desert Politics in the Ramesside Period

Guest post by Julien Cooper. Read his bio here. When we think of Egypt’s wealth, our mind often wanders to geological riches. Most of this wealth originated in the Eastern Desert: the gold of Tutankhamun’s mask, the famous Egyptian eye-paints of kohl or malachite, or even the majestic purple porphyry columns that today hold up … More Nomads, Mercenaries, and Goldmines: Desert Politics in the Ramesside Period

Death of a Slave Boy

Cymbals struck as festival performers wound their way through the village’s streets . But then tragedy struck. Leaning over the balcony to view the players below, a young slave boy Epaphroditos fell and died. Was it an accident? Was it murder?This tragic event took place in year 23 of the reign of the emperor Commodus (182 CE), … More Death of a Slave Boy

Ebony and Meretseger: On a New Kingdom Herd of Cows

A sale document from the Fayum showed us that Roman soldiers living here named their cows, as discussed in a previous post. But, they were not the first people in Egypt to do so – Egyptians had been naming their cows for millennia beforehand! On the back of a magical text from New Kingdom Thebes, which contains … More Ebony and Meretseger: On a New Kingdom Herd of Cows

Music for the Masses

*Guest post by Mark de Kreij (read his bio here) In this time of social distancing, enjoying music in public seems a distant memory, and since social get-togethers and musical events are all currently off the table, the study of song and festival in the ancient world can at least provide us with vicarious cultural … More Music for the Masses

Jesus Christ before me, Iao Sabaoth Adonai behind me: A Prayer for Good Luck and Protection

Guest post by Ágnes Mihálykó (read her bio here). What would you ask from God in a morning prayer? Success for your business? No fights with your husband/wife/children/boss? Or, quite simply having God in front of you, behind you, by your left and by your right, to guide you and protect you throughout the day? … More Jesus Christ before me, Iao Sabaoth Adonai behind me: A Prayer for Good Luck and Protection