Planet Egypt

January 2014

S1 Ep4 - Quest for Eternity

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Quest for Eternity - Was Egyptian society's apparent obsession with death part of its long term success? In the final episode, we learn that Egypt's faith in an afterlife was essential to the longevity of its civilisation. The Egyptians liked their life so much, they wanted it to continue after their demise. Their belief i...
December 2013

S1 Ep3 - Temples of Power

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Temples of Power - Religion played a major role in Egypt's success story. In the eyes of the people, daily religious observance guaranteed the annual harvest as well as ensuring access to the afterlife. The people gave offerings to the priests, who became wealthy and powerful. The pharaoh Akhenaten decided that one god, th...

S1 Ep2 - Pharaohs at War

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Pharaohs at War - This episode asks how Egypt maintained its relative independence for 3000 years. The program looks at the rule of Thutmosis III, who conquered more land than any other pharaoh, yet ultimately he had no interest in establishing an expanding empire abroad. Like all pharaohs he was guided by the wish to esta...

S1 Ep1 - Birth of An Empire

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Birth of An Empire - The story of Egypt, from its birth around 3100 BC to the end of the New Kingdom, 2000 years later. How Egypt was founded is revealed through the Narmer Palette, which depicts a warlike scene representing the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under the first monarch, King Narmer. While it seems that ...