Egypt - Rediscovering a Lost World

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History Documentary hosted by Andrew Sachs and published by BBC, TLC, ZDF in 2005 - English narration

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Discover the secrets, the myths and the truths behind one of the greatest civilizations in history-a world nearly lost beneath the sand. This fascinating series journeys back in time to explores three legends of archeology: Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's treasure-laden tomb, the Great Belzoni's finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Jean-Francois Champollion's deciphering of the hieroglyphs.

It is probably every budding Egyptologist's dream to travel to Egypt and visit the sites of the pyramids, temples, and tombs. For most of us it will remain a dream. The second best thing you can do is treat yourself to this BBC series about the discoveries which lay the foundations for today's knowledge about Africa's oldest recorded civilization.

The first two episodes cover Howard Carter's quest to discover the tomb of Tutankhamun, and is a shining example to all of us not to give up on one's dreams. Having divided the Valley of the Kings into sections, he scoured each part for Tutankhamun's resting place, only discovering it when he reached the final section!

The middle two episodes follow the adventures of Giovanni Belzoni, engineer and one-time circus strongman, who had an unerring 'nose' for discovering antiquities and lost tombs. Belzoni cleared the entrance to Abu Simbel and rediscovered the tomb of Seti I (Sethos I), the father of Ramesses II ('the Great'). Much of what he collected now lies in the British Museum.

The final two episodes cover the French linguist Jean Franois Champollion's determination to be the first to decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs (and beat the British hopeful Thomas Young). Despite being handicapped in his endeavor in working with error-prone copies of hieroglyphic inscriptions, Champollion became the first person for almost two thousand years to be able to read the ancient language.

The series was filmed on location, with panoramic views of ancient temples, pyramids, and tombs as they are now, and reconstructions of their creation. The whole series is tied together in the stories of these three men and the ancient Egyptians they longed to understand particularly Tutankhamun and Ramesess II. You get a real sense of being there, whether it is the early 1800s or 1900s, or back in Pharaonic Egypt.

[edit] Search for Tutankhamun

How British archeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Egyptian king Tutankhamun.

[edit] Curse of Tutankhamun

The glories of Tutankhamun's tomb are revealed. But the absence of real historical information, and the subsequent death of his dearest friends leave Howard Carter feeling alone and unfulfilled.

[edit] Pharaoh and the Showman

The story of how an extraordinary character-Giovanni Belzoni, an anglicized Italian Circus performer-ended up in Egypt in 1814.

[edit] Temple of the Sands

Belzoni's greatest discoveries-including the tomb of Seti I and the hidden entrance to the mysterious sand-covered temple of Ramesses at Abu Simbel.

[edit] Mystery of the Rosetta Stone

The story of the race to decipher the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

[edit] Secrets of the Hieroglyphs

Champollion unlocks the world of Ancient Egypt hidden in the hieroglyphs, fighting a fierce battle with the Church along the way.

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  • Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4 codec
  • Video Bitrate: 1343 KB/s
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.78
  • Video Resolution: 688 x 384
  • Audio Codec: FAST Multimedia AG DVM (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio BitRate: 384 KB/s
  • Audio Channels: 6 Ch
  • RunTime: 00:57
  • Framerate: 25 FPS
  • Number Of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 700 MB
  • Ripped by gavin63
  • Subtitles: Yes English

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