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The History of Ancient Egypt Lecture

The History of Ancient Egypt

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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."

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    meredith 05-26-17
    meredith 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "more cultural anthropology&archeology than history"

    expected a history series, did not meet expectation. good for cultural features of ancient Egypt

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    05-26-17
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    "Great book"

    the author was very informative, and knew how to explain things in layman's terms..Egyptian history is massive and he did an awesome job doing the best he can starting from the founding to the end

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    Carla Perez 05-12-17
    Carla Perez 05-12-17
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    "Average Content"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I will not recommend this to a friend. The constant parenthetical adventures of personal preferences by Dr. Brier are annoying.


    Would you ever listen to anything by The Great Courses again?

    Yes, in my desire to learn I will.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been better if the content had been better. Actually I don't care about performance with it comes to a lecture by an expert. It is the content that really matters.


    Do you think The History of Ancient Egypt needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, let this rest. I will go elsewhere and start over.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a number of stand alone facts. And maybe I am being too harsh on the good Dr. Maybe the reality is that we just don't know that much about Egyptology and that the Dr. did the best he could. However, the amount of speculation that Dr. Brier does is not very confidence building.

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    DaNick 05-01-17
    DaNick 05-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing, amazing, amazing!"
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    Bob Brier is the best! Love the way he chronologically explained every period in ancient Egypt, adding so many great details and making the narration so interesting and easy to understand!
    I totally recommend it! This is by far the best of the Great Courses!

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    Amazon Customer 05-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It will leave you speechless"

    Bob Brier is a great narrator and Egyptologist. The lectures are amazing. However, you will need to take some notes, talk about each lecture with a friend and read other visually rich books afterwards.

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    Roy 04-19-17
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    "Extremely good and enjoying"

    At the beginning when I saw that there were 48 lectures I was scared. However, it was very easy to listen and understand. The materials were presented very clearly and very good. It is a very good overview of the Ancient Egyptian history.

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    Eisa SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 04-15-17
    Eisa SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 04-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, mediocre narrator"

    The content was very interesting but the professor's habit of constantly repeating portions of sentences twice was annoying. He also sounded like Woody Allen so that was distracting.

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    Dustin 04-08-17
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    "Referring to the bible as a reliable historical reference"

    First of all I would like to say that Professor Brier is a brilliant Egyptologist. His work with mummies and the knowledge gained from his modern day mummification is unprecedented.
    He is all a excellent orator. His talks are engaging and he keeps his audience wanting more.
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    I was taken aback by Professor Brier's clear biases towards religi

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    Zach Roth Nashville 04-05-17
    Zach Roth Nashville 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!"

    This course was absolutely incredible. Professor Brier is a wonderful lecturer. A ton of information, but made simple. Highly recommend.

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    Dragonfly Samurai 04-03-17 Member Since 2016

    I'm game for Sci Fi, Fantasy, Fiction, History. I may even try this venue for learning languages. I have also come to love Great Courses.

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    "My man Professor Brier!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Professor Brier is definitely passionate about the subject and can teach in a way that draws you in.


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

    I suppose any other course work on Ancient History.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Bob Brier’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I don't know that he has any others. I will say that it took me a while to get used to his (I'm assuming) New York accent. (What specific part of New York I don't know.) But I ended up liking the accent. Kind of reminded me of one of my friends dad who grow up in that region but has lost most of the accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really liked the fact that he emphasizes that Egypt was not peopled specifically by one group. They were a rather diverse community.


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