Egypt's Golden Empire
This series tells the story of the most extraordinary chapter in the history of ancient Egypt - the rise and fall of the first recorded empire in history. This period - Egyptian New Kingdom - is the time when Egypt reached its apogee, becoming the most important, most feared and most exuberant nation on Earth. The empire was forged a thousand years after the time of the pyramid builders and lasted 500 years from 1567 BCE until 1085 BCE. Using the most ambitious dramatic recreations ever shot on location in Egypt for a documentary, the series reveals the extraordinary dynastic soap opera of the characters whose passions fueled the Empire. It uses the words of the pharaohs and those of the ordinary Egyptians who built the empire to reveal what really happened. These unique records replace myth with history and show the ancient people at work and play.
Egypt's Golden Empire Previous Broadcasts
The Last Great Pharaoh (Episode #103)
KQED World: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 6:00 AM
A new dynasty emerges. Threatened from abroad, Ramses II leads an army north to fight the Hittites at Kadesh. The battle becomes his crowning achievement and the basis for a new period of stability and wealth. Resources flood into Egypt. A new capital is built, artisans revel in an explosive period of building and The House of Life becomes the intellectual center for the empire. However, foreign powers once again threaten, and some provinces question their allegiance. After the long reign of Ramses II, the great tombs are systematically looted, and civil war ensues. Though Egypt is once again divided, the period known as the New Kingdom has left a rich legacy that will reverberate through the ages.
- KQED World: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
Pharaohs of the Sun (Episode #102)
KQED World: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 1:00 AM
By 1400 B.C. the Egyptian empire stretches from Northern Syria to the Sudan in Africa. Led by Amenhotep III, it is a golden age of wealth, power and prosperity. Remarkable diplomacy is used to keep the empire's rivals at bay, while the provinces of Egypt revel in their protection. Art, technology and new ideas flourish, and Egyptian rulers are seen as gods. After the death of Amenhotep III, his son Akhenaten initiates drastic changes. Consumed by a monotheist belief, he orders a new capital built in the desert, marries the beauty Nefertiti and embarks on a campaign of religious repression. When he dies, the new capital is abandoned. The death of his son-in-law, the boy-king Tutankhamen, marks the end of the Ahmose dynasty.
The Warrior Pharaohs (Episode #101)
KQED World: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
By 1570 BCE, Egypt lies divided among foreign rulers. But Ahmose, one of the last Egyptian princes, rises to defeat the Hyksos and the Nubians. The New Kingdom is born, uniting Egypt once again. After Ahmose dies, Hatshepsut becomes the first female Pharaoh. Striving for legitimacy, she embarks on an ambitious building program and opens new trade routes. Her son and successor, Thutmosis III, campaigns extensively in the Near East, and brings much of the ancient world under Egyptian rule. The concept of "empire" is born.