The Great Ennead, the Memphis Triad, and That One Guy (Episode 1)

A series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 2) Okay, so like I said last time, trying to sort through Ancient Egyptian Religion is like trying to sort through the most bonkers rabbit hole you have ever encountered. With that in mind, I have also known that this post would have to come down the pipelineContinue reading “The Great Ennead, the Memphis Triad, and That One Guy (Episode 1)”

Ra, Atum-Ra, and Amun-Ra, Oh My!

A Series on Ancient Egyptian Religion (Part 1) Okay, so way back when this blog first started, I made a poll on my Facebook page and asked if people wanted me to talk about Ancient Egyptian History or Ancient Egyptian Religion first. History won by a nose, and to be frank, I was grateful. ThisContinue reading “Ra, Atum-Ra, and Amun-Ra, Oh My!”

Canaan, 1800 BC

Let’s get ready for some culture shock Looking back on my blog posts so far, I’ve realized that I’ve spent a lot of time talking about Ancient Egypt and not a lot of time contextualizing it. Meaning, if you’ve read everything so far, you probably know quite a bit about what Ancient Egypt was like,Continue reading “Canaan, 1800 BC”

The Case of the Nonexistent Egyptian Wedding Ceremony

Yeah, that’s a thing One of the things you start to learn when researching Ancient Egypt is that there is quite a bit that we actually just don’t know. I’m not talking about the damnatio memoriae situations I have mentioned prior to this post, either. These situations notwithstanding, we honestly just seem to have quiteContinue reading “The Case of the Nonexistent Egyptian Wedding Ceremony”

Women’s Rights in Ancient Egypt

A for effort … But for implementation? You decide Given that the bulk of my story is set in Ancient Egypt and I have two pretty prominent Egyptian, female characters, I did a fair amount of research on women’s rights and roles in Egypt during that time period before I began writing. And it turnsContinue reading “Women’s Rights in Ancient Egypt”

The Writing System That Drove 19th Century Europe Up the Wall

Hieroglyphs  Someone at some point probably told you that hieroglyphs are “picture writing”. As in, one image means one word and another means a different word, and so on and so forth. Here’s the problem. That’s true. It’s also not true. The hieroglyphic writing system was such a crazily complex system that it’s a wonderContinue reading “The Writing System That Drove 19th Century Europe Up the Wall”

Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 3)

What changed and what didn’t over the centuries Well, today we are back to finish off our Timeline of Ancient Egypt! Let’s crank this out. For reference, last time we made it up to the Middle Kingdom. So that means we now have to talk about: The Second Intermediate Period (1650-1550 BC) The Second IntermediateContinue reading “Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 3)”

Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 2)

What changed and what didn’t over the centuries Okay folks, it’s go time. Let’s dive into this oft-referenced and oft-misrepresented ancient society. So one of the first things you need to know is that Ancient Egyptians divided their country into two areas. Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt. Now, this is not a reference to northContinue reading “Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 2)”

Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 1)

Why does Egypt sit so clearly in our cultural consciousness? Okay. So after winning the poll (by a nose), you’re getting a multi-part ”Brief Overview of Ancient Egypt”. I include the word brief despite also saying “multi-part” because we’re talking about 4,000 years of history here and despite whatever I can say about it, IContinue reading “Your Guide to Ancient Egypt (Part 1)”

That Time I Stretched the Research

Now about those horses Okay, so after my #bronzeageproblems post you can probably see pretty easily all the unexpected difficulty that comes with setting a story in a time period that is in many ways very alien to our own. And unfortunately the Bronze Age had one more curveball to throw at me. The horses.Continue reading “That Time I Stretched the Research”