The History of Ancient Egypt : The Great Courses: Ancient History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Bob Brier
  • Series: The Great Courses: Ancient History
  • 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

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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Audible Editor Reviews

A fascinating examination of the Ancient Egyptian Empire is narrated by Professor Bob Brier in The Great Courses' The History of Ancient Egypt. Listeners of this historical audiobook learn of the vast expanse this Empire had during the record 3 centuries of its reign. The Ancient Egyptians were highly advanced in many areas of human knowledge including science, medicine, engineering, architecture and astronomy. Modern achievements and discoveries owe much to the pillars of knowledge the ancient Egyptian's shaped in these areas. In this book Brier gives a captivating performance keeping the listener involved and absorbed throughout. Available now from Audible.

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fascinating, and a joy to listen to

Where does The History of Ancient Egypt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

one of the best


Who was your favorite character and why?

the narrator and of course all the Pharaohs- and explorers


What about Professor Bob Brier’s performance did you like?

voice, pace, content


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Egypt- the first civilisation


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- Andrew M

Compelling, Fascinating, Educational

This is a really great lecture series. Fascinating material that is wonderfully presented. The lecturer's personality really comes through. I knew very little about Ancient Egypt before starting this and the course really gripped me. It is roughly chronological but with a few tangential lectures focussing on specific topics (e.g. mummies). At 48 lectures it is a long course, but for me the time really sped by. Highly recommended.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses