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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Prof Bob Brier obviously knows his stuff, but what sets him apart in this series of lectures is how deeply he draws you into the characters and stories of Ancient Egypt.
I truly enjoyed this lecture and I can't believe how much I learned from it.....just outstanding. The instructor was easy to listen to and had an amazing understanding of his subject. 48 lessons just flew by. This is definitely worth your time.
I really liked the detail and the connections to surrounding history and the pop culture references and insights.
just tough to handle the manner of the delivery
Always been fascinated by ancient Egypt. Prof Brier has the gift to make it all come alive in the best possible way. I am committed to pursue this field of study as a result of this course which I will repeat shortly.
Can't praise prof. Bob Brier enough. I've enjoyed his TV specials, especially the one on the Greatest Pharaohs, where I agree Sneferu was the best of the lot. This course though dated is entertaining and informative. Well worth the time
I didn't know what to expect, having not purchased from this series before. I was hooked in the first lecture. It was fascinating from beginning to end. I learned so much. I think was presented in a very accessible manner. Can't say enough good things about this!
Brier covered so much information, much still new to me although I've read a lot of books about Egypt, that it is a delight to listen. My only complaint is about the canned applause before and after each lecture. I'm willing to bet big money there was no audience present. Not enough to deduct anything though. I recommend this to anyone that has any interest in ancient Egypt. Rickapolis
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I have studied Egypt on my own but I found much I didn't know. I really enjoyed not only the content but that he told it in very entertaining and personal ways. Excellent!
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
This series was incredible. There is 24 hours of listening here, 48 lectures at 30 minutes each, but the listening experience was more coherent, and flew by faster, than many 9-12 hour novels.
From Narmer to Cleopatra, this series gives you a really solid overview of the long and impressive history of ancient Egypt. The course literally covers more than 3,000 years and never gets overwhelming or confusing. I have a very small complaint that Mr. Briar tends not to give you a date very often, but you can look that up easily enough. I spent a lot of time anyway googling different temples and artifacts as he mentioned them so I could see them!
After listening to these lectures you will not only have a head packed with interesting stories and facts, you will be thinking about what Egypt-related thing you can read, watch, or listen to next. (And Bob's last lecture gives you a number of ideas for just that.)
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