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Egypt's Golden Empire Previous Broadcasts

The Last Great Pharaoh (Episode #103H)

KQED World: Sat, Jan 19, 2013 -- 6:00 AM

A new dynasty emerges. Threatened from abroad, Ramses II leads an armynorth to fight the Hittites at Kadesh. The battle becomes his crownin g 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 civilwar 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.

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  • KQED World: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

Pharaohs of the Sun (Episode #102H)

KQED World: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 -- 1:00 AM

By 1400 BCE 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 initiatesdrastic changes. Consumed by a monotheist belief, he orders a new cap ital 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 Tutankhamun, marksthe 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.

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