Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt: The Teaching Company CDs (The Great Courses)
The Teaching Company | ASIN: B000OG1MRK | 2004 | MP3 | 180 Mb
Course Lecture Titles King NarmerThe Unification of Egypt SneferuThe Pyramid Builder HatshepsutFemale Pharaoh AkhenatenHeretic Pharaoh TutankhamenThe Lost Pharaoh TutankhamenA Murder Theory Ramses the GreatThe Early Years Ramses the GreatThe Twilight Years The Great NubiansEgypt Restored Alexander the GreatAnatomy of a Legend The First PtolemiesGreek Greatness CleopatraThe Last Pharaoh
No great civilization continues to speak to us like that of ancient Egypt. But what is it about this ancient civilization that still captures our imaginations? What made Egypt special, allowing it to grow, in Professor Bob Brier’s words, "from a scattering of villages across the Nile to the greatest power the world had ever seen"?
Professor Brier has designed this course to focus on the fascinating leaders of ancient Egypt. The information in this course is also covered in our more extensive course, The History of Ancient Egypt (p. 68).
"My thesis in Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt is that what made Egypt great were the people—individuals who did great things," says Professor Brier. "By recounting the lives and accomplishments of the great ones of Egypt, we will present a history of Egypt spreading over 30 centuries. By the time we come to the last ruler of Egypt, Cleopatra, we will have peered into almost every aspect of ancient Egyptian life, seen what made Egypt great, and what finally brought about its downfall.
"My hope is that by the end of the course you will have a sense that you personally know the men and women who made Egypt the greatest nation of the ancient world."
A Great Teacher and Egyptologist
Professor Brier is an Egyptologist and specialist in mummies who knows the ancient Egyptians—literally—from the inside out. In fact, in 1994, Dr. Brier became the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style. This research was the subject of a National Geographic television special, Mr. Mummy.
Relaxed, matter-of-fact, and wryly humorous, he weaves into the stories of the great pharaohs the daily realities of Egyptian life. You learn, for example, that the origin of eye makeup was not due to vanity. Instead, makeup was ground on small, personal palettes and worn by every Egyptian for the same reasons modern athletes wear black eyeliner under their eyes: to absorb the sun’s glare.
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