The History of Ancient Egypt : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Bob Brier
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.
Yet even after deciphering its hieroglyphs, and marveling at its scarabs, mummies, obelisks, and sphinxes, Egyptian civilization remains one of history's most mysterious, as "other" as it is extraordinary. This chronological survey presents the complete history of ancient Egypt's three great Kingdoms: the Old Kingdom, when the pyramids were built and Egypt became a nation under the supreme rule of the pharaoh and the rules of Egyptian art were established; the Middle Kingdom, when Egypt was a nation fighting to restore its greatness; and the New Kingdom, when all the names we know today-Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, Ramses the Great, Cleopatra, and others-first appeared. Professor Brier's 48 lectures glisten with the kind of vivid anecdotes and human glimpses that make this ancient world breathe again.
"The fun of history is in the details," he notes. "Knowing that Ramses the Great was crippled by arthritis for the last decade of his long life makes us more sympathetic to the boastful monarch who fathered more than 100 children. If we understand what it was like to be a miner sent to the turquoise mines in the Sinai mountains in the summer, we will feel a kinship with our long-dead counterparts."
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Amazing.

Prof. Brier made all the difference. He is an outstanding lecturer making this course so enjoyable it was a shame for it to end.

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Must Have for Egypt Fans/ Future Students

As a current student studying ancient history this was a fantastic addition for me.

It would also be brilliant for anyone interested in learning more about one of the greatest civilisations of all time.

The lecturer is very knowledgable and engaging.

Easy 5 stars here.
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- Adam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses