Kara Cooney, Egyptologist from UCLA, discusses the ancient world, modern politics, and her life as a mother, wife, and ancient historian. The views expressed in this podcast are her own.
So you want to travel to Egypt?! Part II
1:19:12In Part II of our travel to Egypt suggestions, Kara and Jordan continue their discussion covering what to wear and bring as well as other non-Cairo/Luxor travel recommendations. Make sure to check out the Substack companion post that will be released along with the audio: https://ancientnow.substack.com/
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Does Kim Kardashian have Sovereignty?! Conceptions of Globalism in ancient Egypt with Dr. Jonathan Winnerman
2:30:51In this week's episode, Kara and Jordan sit down with their friend and colleague Dr Jonathan Winnerman to talk about his work on kingship, sovereignty, and globalism. How did the ancient Egyptian conceptualize of their society and increasing interaction with the 'outside' world? How did they imagine the world around them, and what lessons can we learn in our increasingly changing world society? ------ Jonathan Winnerman is currently Academic Administrator for Ancient Studies at UCLA. He first joined the UCLA community as a lecturer in Egyptology after completing his PhD at the University of Chicago in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2018. His research focuses on kingship, divinity, and the purpose of sovereignty, topics which encourage reflection on our own social, religious, and political structures. In his administrative capacity, he organizes and assists faculty with the writing of grant proposals and works closely with the Global Antiquity Initiative, a program which advocates viewing the ancient world as a single connected expanse where no community is considered peripheral.
So you want to travel to Egypt!?
1:45:44In this week's episode (part I) Kara and Jordan discuss traveling to Egypt and share their travel tips and tricks. Where to stay? What to see? And what to eat? Don't you want to book a trip immediately?! Make sure to check the Substack Companion Post with extra information and links to all the places mentioned in this episode-- https://ancientnow.substack.com/p/afterlives-of-ancient-egypt-companion?sd=pf
January Patreon Questions
1:28:48In this month's Patron questions, we cover more questions on Amarna family genetics, ancient music and instruments, how the god Amun-Re worked, and many more. Thank you to our Patrons for the thoughtful questions and generous support! If you would like to submit a question and get other additional perks, please consider joining our Patreon. For more content on the ancient world check out our Substack, Ancient/Now.
Ramesside Papyri and Persian Egypt with Dr. Marissa Stevens
1:42:38In this episode, Kara and Jordan sit down with their friend and colleague Dr. Marissa Stevens. They discuss Marissa's earlier work on Ramesside papyrus, personal piety, and identity. Next, they pivot to Marissa's current work as the Assistant Director of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian world, looking at the time when Egypt was under Persian control. Enjoy! Check out Marissa's Academia page for all of her publications--https://ucla.academia.edu/MarissaStevens For more content on the ancient world check out our Substack, Ancient/Now.
December Patreon Q&A
1:06:47In this month's Q&A, we cover the rest of the Tut-focused questions as well as some others from the Patrons looking at career choice, Indiana Jones, and much more. If you too would like to ask a questions, join our Patreon. --- Like and leave us a comment! If you would like to join our Patreon community for ad-free episodes, live zoom events with Kara and Jordan, and other exclusive benefits, click here. Interested in more history related news--check out our Substack!
Power and Politics in the Egyptian Harem
1:48:30In this episode, Kara and Jordan cover the ancient Egyptian harem. They discuss a myriad of topics from the use of the term itself to the associated economies like textile production and, of course, the harem conspiracy. If you remember we previously released a harem episode but the quality was poor--we hope this new episode is all the better! Enjoy! --- Like and leave us a comment! If you would like to join our Patreon community for ad-free episodes, live zoom events with Kara and Jordan, and other exclusive benefits, click here. Interested in more history related news--check out our Substack!
”Metal from the Sky”- Interview with Dr. Victoria Alamansa-Villatoro
1:21:12In this week's episode, Kara and Jordan interview Dr. Victoria Almansa-Villatoro about her path into academia, her research interests on the Egyptian language, and a deeper dive into one of her publications, "The Cultural Indexicality of the N41 Sign for bj3: The Metal of the Sky and the Sky of Metal" (2020). How did the Egyptian conceptualize of the earth sky divide? What was the relationship between birth, afterlife, and iron? And what about Tut's meteoritic iron dagger!? ----- About our guest: Victoria Almansa-Villatoro obtained her Ph.D. in Egyptology at Brown University in 2022. She is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows (2022-2025) and specializes in the use of language and hieroglyphs' iconicity to understand oral knowledge and ideology in Old Kingdom Egypt. Since 2019 she is a member of the AERA archaeological project in Giza, and assistant director to the Royal Necropolis and Pyramids of Nuri Expedition since 2021. Academia Page --- Like and leave us a comment! If you would like to join our Patreon community for ad-free episodes, live zoom events with Kara and Jordan, and other exclusive benefits, click here. Interested in more history related news--check out our Substack, Afterlives After Party
Book Club - Amelia Peabody #1: “Crocodile on the Sandbank”
2:01:38It's our first Book Club episode! Kara, Jordan, and Amber discuss Elizabeth Peters’ first Amelia Peabody novel, Crocodile on the Sandbank, including an expert dive into some of the Egyptological aspects of the book. Don't miss our Substack companion post to this episode. More on Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels: http://barbaramertz.org --- Like and leave us a comment! If you would like to join our Patreon community for ad-free episodes, live zoom events with Kara and Jordan, and other exclusive benefits, click here. Interested in more history related news--check out our Substack, Afterlives After Party