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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I would have appreciated a bigger picture narrative and assessment of ancient Egypt, rather than one that focuses so much on archaeology.
There is far too much focus on the minutiae of the archeological record.
Yes; a book that gives a better overview of Egyptian politics, economics and society.
This was a great overview of the history of Egypt. Perfect for someone like myself who finds Egypt fascinating but dad ever studied it before.
This was the best thing I ever listened to! I was so sad when it was over and can't wait to listen again! If you have any interest in ancient Egypt this is a must listen!!! I love the narrator and will be looking for more courses and books by him!!!
This was so informative and presented in a logical order with enough, interesting "side trips" to keep me engaged. I was also delighted when one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Peters, was suggested as additional reading.
Bob Brier is a great speaker. He does a great job of bringing the past to life, it is obvious he has a passion for Egyptian history. I will listen to this lecture series again.
This book is amazing. One of the things that I have enjoyed so much. I am sure that you will love it too. It go through a 3,000 years of history in a great journey in the banks of the Nile.
It's over before you want it to be. P-Bob was very captivating, thoughtful, and most importantly for a history lecture fair. Certainly a recommended listen
I felt this was outdated and told through a very narrow patriarchal perspective. Thank you audible for having a return policy.
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