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From the birth of an empire to its quest for eternity, enter the realm of Ancient Egypt's incredible monuments.

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1 Season, 19 Episodes
October 16, 2011
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  • Though remembered mostly as a cultured civilization, new evidence reveals that Egypt invested heavily in war technology. Some of these weapons were brand-new inventions and were used in massive battles.

  • Learn the story of the ancient Incas' bizarre death cult. The Incas worshipped their mummified ancestors, held lavish banquets for them, and even dressed them in fine clothes and exquisite jewelry.

  • Explore the burial places of the mummies, the construction of the pyramids during the annual flooding of the Nile, and how the mysterious Sphinx helped bridge the gap between the living and the dead.

  • With the head of a man and body of a lion, the brooding figure of the Great Sphinx stands guard over the pyramids of Giza. But speculation still abounds regarding the circumstances of its birth.

  • The discoveries of Ancient Egypt have been among the highest profile archaeological finds in history. But with so many contenders, which Top 10 secret has had the biggest impact on our view of Ancient Egypt?

  • Discover how monumental masterpieces including the Great Pyramid, the Library at Alexander, the Temple of Karnak, the Sphinx, and obelisks were designed and built using only the most primitive tools and brute labor.

  • Don Wildman embarks on a quest to explore the massive engineering might of Cairo, where the Pharaohs' ancient secrets lay hidden deep below the vast deserts of the Nile.

  • Hatshepsut took the title of pharaoh when acting as her stepson's regent. Her unique tomb as well as statues of her as bearded king hint at her vast power, but rivals vowed to erase her from history. Why?

  • Egyptian temples, fortresses, pyramids, and palaces redefined the limits of architectural possibility and served as a warning to all of Egypt's enemies: The world's most advanced civilization could accomplish anything.

  • The discovery of a seemingly pornographic 3000-year-old papyrus prompts an investigation into its true meaning. Is it a message to the Gods, part of a fertility ritual, or simply evidence of erotica?

  • Enter a realm of temples, tombs, and mummies to find out exactly how the Egyptians prepared the dead for the afterlife and why these sacred practices disappeared.

  • The great Egyptian pyramids of Giza have inspired awe, wonder, and fierce speculation. Learn more about the competing theories behind their construction.

  • Follow the ancient scroll from its creation around 1800 BC to its rediscovery (and theft!) in 1887 AD and see how a new generation is reexamining the ancient text for wisdom that can still affect our inner lives.

  • Egyptian civilization was based on the hope of eternal life after death. Explore the secrets of the religion, learn more about Egyptian burial practices and methods, and unravel the secrets of mummification.

  • Take a historical mystery tour through the mysterious and long-forgotten KV5, the tomb of several of sons of Ramesses the Great, which proves to be ancient Egypt's greatest family mausoleum.

  • Discover how both war and peaceful collaboration laid the foundations for an Egyptian success story lasting more than 3000 years.

  • How did Egypt maintain its relative independence for 3000 years? The answer may lie in the reign of Thutmosis III, who conquered more land than any other pharaoh but still prioritized peace and stability.

  • How could a society apparently obsessed with death survive for so long? Discover how Egypt's specific belief in the afterlife was essential to the longevity of its civilization.

  • To what degree was Egyptian cult part of Egypt's success story? Discover the power of Egypt's religious tradition in this examination of Akhenaten's ill-fated revolution.

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