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The History of Ancient Egypt

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.
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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."

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©1999 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1999 The Great Courses

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    brian SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-13-13
    brian SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up The History of Ancient Egypt in three words, what would they be?


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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.

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    Geoffery L. Williams Somerset, PA United States 05-02-15
    Geoffery L. Williams Somerset, PA United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome set of courses"

    If you have ever wanted to take a course on ancient Egypt, this is one for you!!!

    Bob is not only knowledgeable but makes it fun and the information isn't boring, he
    makes it interesting. Give it a shot! You won't be sorry.

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    Zachary A. Cox 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Dr. Brier will hook you on Egyptology!"

    Dr. Brier, using humour and engaging storytelling will bring ancient Egypt alive. 48 lectures doesn't seem long enough. I want more! Will miss listening in the car on my way to work.

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    nathan Benbrook, TX, United States 04-15-15
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    Professor Brier's enthusiastic approach to the history of ancient Egypt made these lectures interesting. There was a lot of information to cover in the 48 lectures, but he was consistent throughout the course in making it interesting and at the same time instructive.

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    A.M. Niazy 04-13-15
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    "Great materials + outstanding professor"

    The course far exceeded my expectation. The Professor is absoultely great. There are several memorable moments, very difficult to choose.

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    Christopher Shanghai, China 04-04-15
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    "Good Overview of Ancient Egyptian History"
    What made the experience of listening to The History of Ancient Egypt the most enjoyable?

    The Professor's enthusiasm for the subject and his convincing explanation of why most of Western Civilization owes more than we realize to Ancient Egypt (we tend to think everything "Western" comes from Greece, but a lot of Greek learning came from Egypt).


    What other book might you compare The History of Ancient Egypt to and why?

    I have listened to a lot of "Great Courses" on history now (over 12) during different periods. This is more interesting than "Great Battles" and "Vikings" but less interesting that "Charlemagne" or "Barbarians of the Steppes" in terms of interesting content.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Professor has great passion for the topic and this comes through in the lecture. But, the lectures are little to repetitive and filled with "cute" comments about Egyptian customs. THE PROFESSOR DOES NOT GIVE US ENOUGH DATES when he discusses development. This means it is very hard to put Egyptian history in context with other Civilizations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a very long lecture series. Impossible to listen to in one sitting! But good for 2-3 weeks of 2 hour commuting/day.


    Any additional comments?

    You can listen to this at 1.25x.

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    Robert A Monger 04-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story telling."

    He gives you so many reasons to stay interested. There were a couple of things I found annoying or questionable but now, after just finishing this, I feel a need to learn more. Great lecture!

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    Ryan McDaniel 03-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great introduction for Egypt"

    It's great for both newcomers and veterans. He amusingly gives a wide swath of great info that can interest anyone.

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    Romney Miami, FL, United States 03-20-15
    Romney Miami, FL, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Ignited My Passion for Egyptian History"

    Eloquent, fun, and passionate, the lecturer finds an excellent balance of dense information presented in a relatable and interesting way.

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    Candace Littles Houston, TX 03-17-15
    Candace Littles Houston, TX 03-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Outstanding !"
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    The instructor made the content very interesting and is a great speaker! I learned so much from them course and it has encouraged me to take my love of Egypt even further. I will get all his courses in the future.

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