After a long hiatus, the Free Kemetic Resources Roundup, originally on my Tumblr, is back with lots more educational/academic resources for people to enjoy for free.
First off, some goodies for all the audio-learners out there.
The History of Egypt Podcast by Dominic Perry, a Kiwi law student with an MA in Ancient History, deals with, you guessed it, the history of Egypt in chronological order. He’s gotten to the Pre-Amarna New Kingdom, and interspersed between the main episodes, there are mini-episodes about festivities and the religious calendar. Each episode comes with its map, pictures of relevant artefacts and handy bibliography.
Not strictly AE, but if anyone cross-worships ANE deities or is interested in ANE culture, SOAS has a very enticing list of recordings of ANE poems in the original language.
From BBC4 – In Our Time program, there are podcasts of a few AE-relevant episodes featuring pre-emiment British scholars from the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester, to name a few. Hatschepsut, true-of-voice, has her own episode, and there is another one on the Book of the Dead. If you like ANE and/or to suffer, you might want to check out the one on the Phoenicians (with my fave Prof Cyprian Broodbank) or about the destruction of Carthage with, among others, Prof Mary Beard.
Also from BBC, you might like this article about the role of women in AE, and in particular the career choices that were open to them (i.e. a lot more than basically anywhere else until fairly recently).
Moving on, I have recently realised that Reddit might not be a bad place to get some information about AE/ANE matters. I know Reddit gets a bad reputation for meninists, sexism and all sorts of nasty behaviour, but as far as I could tell from a brief perusal, the communities listed below seemed to be quite free from that sort of problem. The AE community seems to have a spam problem in the shape of poorly annotated random pictures of AE monuments and links to videos about “ancient aliens” and other such pseudoscience. It might take a bit to sift the gold from the crap.
The ANE community seems to be a bit more informative, and well curated. There are also other affiliated communities, but some like r/Phoenicia, unfortunately seem a no-go area of randomness and Knight Templar conspiracy theories.
Moving on to blogs, here are a couple of interesting finds.
Nilescribes is a bi-weekly blog about Egyptology written by egyptologists that covers topics such as: book releases, new/top discoveries, lecture summaries, interviews with Egyptologists and egyptomania, with some extra attention devoted to Egyptology in Canada.
The Dead Speak, instead, seems to be a more generalist blog (and youtube channel, apparently). Over the Christian holidays they run two pieces about egyptian-themed gifts and AE-style New Year resolutions, the latter with generous quoting from the Wisdom Texts. There are a bunch of posts on the decipherment of the hieroglyphs, with extensive biblography and book recommendations, which makes me think this is the work of aome student/scholar who wants to reach out to the general public. And did I mention that all posts are also videos?
That’s it for this round. I will transfer the links to the main page as soon as humanly possible.