Prophecy Radio episode #75 looks into how Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt influenced each other over the years, and how their culture, art, and religion transformed due to contact between these two great societies. (We promise it’s a lot more interesting than it sounds!) As always, we also catch you up on all the latest Riordanverse news, including the death of Lance Reddick, who will be portraying Zeus in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Lastly, we continue our journey through The Kane Chronicles with The Red Pyramid chapter 2. Remember, we’re keeping this discussion spoiler-free! New episodes of Prophecy Radio air weekly, and all ages are welcome to tune in.
News and updates (00:06:06)
- Lance Reddick passed away on March 17, at the age of 60, from natural causes.
- Read Rick Riordan’s beautiful tribute to Lance Reddick.
- Donations may be made to momcares.org in Baltimore, his hometown.
- These are the goddesses you should be worshiping this women’s history month.
- What do your favorite gods and demigods have planned for spring break?
- If you can’t make one of the Sun and the Star tour stops, be sure to check your local bookstores/libraries for release parties!
Connecting Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt (00:14:30)
- Get ready to learn some stuff! Karen went full-out to teach you about this topic today.
- And where should we start? The beginning, of course!
- The Greeks held Ancient Egypt in high regard, a kingdom full of wisdom and culture.
- Did you know that Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics influenced the Greek alphabet?
- Have you ever heard of the city of Naucratis?
- During the Hellenistic period, the Greeks ruled Egypt, allowing the Egyptians to retain many of their practices.
- We love a good word of the day, so here’s yours: syncretic.
- Apologies to all the ancient philosophers and mathematicians whose names we pronounce incorrectly.
- Herodotus is considered the Father of History, and he equated several of the Egyptian gods with their Greek counterparts.
- Some of these really do make a lot of sense.
- Do you remember why Serapis is so important?
- We are NOT endorsing the conquering of other countries, but if you have to…assimilate into their culture.
- Greek and Egyptian creation myths definitely contain some of the same themes.
- Remember when we talked about Io? Turns out she’s pretty important to what we’re talking about today.
- Don’t let a god breathe on you or there could be some serious consequences.
- Everything really is coming full circle.
- Thoth and Hermes are basically the same person, and both the Egyptians and the Greeks loved them.
- The Egyptians weren’t the only ones who influenced the Greeks, but we’ll have to talk about that some other time.
- Oxford University Press: Ancient Greek and Egyptian interactions
- Medium: Egyptian influence on Ancient Greece
- Jstor: Egyptian influence on Ancient Greece
- Pantheon: Heracles
- Wikipedia: Ma’at
- Wikipedia: Ancient Egyptian creation myths
- Wikipedia: Ancient Egyptian creation myths
- Wikipedia: Isis
- Wikipedia: Hermes Trismegistus
- The Collector: The God Hermes: The Roman obsession with the Egyptian God Thoth
The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid (00:54:30)
- This week, we’re reading The Red Pyramid chapter 2.
- Who is Imhotep and what kind of spells can he do?
- Openly staring at Sadie because she looks different than Carter and their dad is so rude.
- The Rosetta Stone is so cool, and this week’s discussion was very relevant to the chapter!
- Saying “regular mortals” is highly suspicious.
- Why does Sadie go along with Carter to lock up the curator?
- This book feels so interactive, and we love how we can see the hieroglyphics on the page.
- How is Sadie able to translate everything her dad is saying!?
- It’s so sad that they wrecked that room in the British Museum.
- Is Julius really Dr. Kane’s name?
- What is the House (capital H)?
- And who walked through the door!?
- We hope that staff wasn’t important because it’s gone now.
- Do the people from the House really want to kill the kids?
- Should Kristen know who the fire man is at this point!?
- Edward has a theory for how Annabeth knew about Percy’s Achilles’ heel.
- Rowen wrote in to make sure we knew Caoimhe meant Demigods & Magicians by Rick Riordan.
- Rowen also asked about some more fancasting, but we’re going to save that for later (so we have more time to think).
- Henry has a great idea for how to make the Riordanverse timeline easier to keep track of.
- Teddy asks what Prophecy Count we’re on and what book recommendations we have.
- Nicolaas says we should add our dreams from last week to the Prophecy Count, but that might be a little dangerous.
Thanks for listening, and tune in next time for episode 76, where we’ll talk about some of the movies and TV shows from Lance Reddick’s vast catalogue before tackling The Red Pyramid chapter 3.
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