I have spent a lot of time surrounded by books all about ancient Egypt so it feels only right that I introduce you to the goddess Seshat mistress of the library. As it is more than likely that as I write my blogs she would be the one to guide me. So let dive in… Continue reading Seshat – She who is foremost in the Library
This week I am taking us all right back to the time of the unification of Egypt when the ancient Egypt that we think of was in its infancy. Only three women are definitely known to have ruled Dynastic Egypt as kings each taking the throne. Three other women have acted as queen regents although… Continue reading Meret-Neith – The first female pharaoh?
What image do you conjure up when thinking of ancient Egypt? King Tutankhamun's Deathmask, a mummy or just the pyramids at Giza? I bet somewhere mixed among those images is probably that of a Pharoah astride his noble chariot riding into battle. But how did the chariot come to be a pivotal piece of ancient… Continue reading The Chariot in Ancient Egpyt- a military innovation
Inspired by a recent chat I had with a friend which started as a harmless comment of 'so what's your favourite fact about ancient Egypt?’. A common question for Egyptologists or those with just an interest in history. This promptly turned into a two hours conversation with topics ranging from talking about ancient Egyptian soldiers,… Continue reading How can I pick just one?
Figure 1: The bes jar from the Ashmolean that inspired this week's blog. Authors own photo This week’s blog is inspired by a recent trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford when I was reminded about how charming and intriguer Bes jars are (Figure 1). So, this set me off on a little adventure reading… Continue reading Bes – the tambourine shaking, snake strangling, protector of children
I have been promising that I would cover this goddess for a long time and given that a few of my most recent blogs have been on topics of the feline variety why not make it a hattrick? This week I have delved into the mythology, meaning and worship of the feared lioness goddess Sekhmet… Continue reading Sekhmet – she who is powerful
As promised in my last post I will kick off the second month of 2022 by taking a look at the taking ancient Egyptian calendar. Now had I been a little less busy at work I would have chosen this as my first topic back in the new year but sometimes it is a bit… Continue reading What day is it? The Calendar in Ancient Egpyt
Happy New year and welcome back to my series of bi-weekly blogs now I was going to do an entire blog post on the ancient Egyptian calendar but I will have to save that for the end of the month rather than the beginning as there is a lot of information to sift through and… Continue reading Lions in Ancient Egpyt
In my last blog, I gave a brief introduction to ancient Egyptian clothing from the predynastic period to the end of the Middle Kingdom. In the second part of this, I will take you through the fashions of the New Kingdom a time when Egypt’s empire grew and stepped onto the international stage. The style… Continue reading Ancient Egyptian Clothing Part 2 – Diaphanous cloth and jewels abound
What would you wear to be the height of fashion in Ancient Egypt? The fashion for both men and women in ancient Egypt changed throughout time just as they do today. Returning to my regular schedule after a pretty hectic work schedule. This is the first part of this two-part blog series, looking at clothing… Continue reading Draped in fabulous linens- Ancient Egyptian Clothing Part 1