Egypt's Golden Empire

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History Documentary hosted by Keith David, published by PBS broadcasted as part of PBS Empires series in 2001 - English narration

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Built by men and women of astonishing ambition, Egypt is renowned for being one of the first empires in the history of the world. "Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire" outlines the 500-year process of creating the nation, beginning in the 16th century B.C. Through remarkably well-preserved letters and personal accounts, this documentary tells the stories of Ahmose, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, and many of the country’s great rulers and ordinary citizens who helped to build the cities, temples, tombs, and technology that made this empire great. A Lion Television Production in association with PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises

[edit] Warrior Pharaohs

Egypt was occupied by foreigners except for a narrow strip of land around a town called Thebes. The capital and its royal family had fallen on hard times. But one local family was determined to revive it--the king of Thebes and his two young sons Ahmose and Kamose, who became freedom fighters, liberators of Egypt. Through enormous struggle, hardships and personal tragedy, the enemy Hyksos was expelled, and Egypt was finally reunited. But their successor, Hatshepsut, put Egypt in jeopardy because she was a woman and declared herself pharaoh, breaking 2,000 years of tradition. She had stolen the throne from her stepson, Tuthmosis III. He would have to wait 20 years before he ruled Egypt. When he came to the throne, Tuthmosis was determined to remove the record of his stepmother from history. In a massive battle at Megiddo--the site of biblical Armageddon--he revealed himself as one of the greatest war generals.

[edit] Pharaohs of the Sun

During the reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt was the center for culture and learning in the ancient world. Egypt had reached dizzying heights, but it stood on the brink of a devastating fall. Amenhotep III's son and successor, Amenophis IV, took the throne by storm, changed his name to Akhenaten and announced that the old gods of Egypt were dead. He moved his entire court and thousands of followers to the new capital city of Armana. By his side was Queen Nefertiti. Obsessed by his new religion, he lost sight of the empire. When Nefertiti died, his world fell apart. Akhenaten's successor, Tutankhamun, was only 10 years old when he took the throne. By the time he was 19, all traces of Akhenaten and Nefertiti had been erased. With his death came the end of the great dynasty of the empire builders.

[edit] Last Great Pharaoh

This episode tells the story of Ramses the Great, who resurrected the Egyptian empire. His reign was the high point in the life of the New Kingdom but also was the precursor of its ruin and destruction. He embarked on the most ambitious building program the world had ever seen. His master craftsmen were responsible for the remarkable tomb-building in the Valley of the Kings and the most beautiful tomb, which was built for Ramses' chief wife, Nefetari. The world of Ramses II was the high point of Egyptian civilization. All pharaohs who came after him tried to recapture his greatness, none could. With Ramses XI, Egypt's Golden Empire was over. A mysterious warlike people, the Sea Peoples, began attacking Egypt's allies and colonies. At home, the people were starving. The craftsmen began to rob and desecrate the very tombs they had built. In a last desperate act, the bodies of 40 pharaohs were moved and placed in a secret cave where they would lie undiscovered for 3,000 years.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2086 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x480
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.500:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 54:40.800
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 895 MB
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