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What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

By recounting the lives and accomplishments of the men and women who made Egypt such a captivating civilization, Professor Brier presents a history of ancient Egypt that spans more than 30 centuries and introduces you to the personalities who made Egypt the greatest nation of the ancient world. Among other things, you'll study: The "Narmer Palette," the first historical document, whose images of Narmer's traditions would endure for 3,000 years; Sneferu, who taught Egypt how to perfect the pyramid, a structure whose origins lay in the need to protect desert graves from exposure by the wind; the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, which is the most scrutinized episode in the history of Egyptology; and Cleopatra, the enigmatic Grecian ruler who learned Egypt's language and tried to resurrect both the nation's religion and greatness.

Cleopatra's valiant efforts to save Egypt, with the aid of Julius Caesar and, afterward, with Marc Antony, were doomed. Egypt, no longer a nation, would become a Roman province. But the civilization's fascinating story would live on for thousands of years.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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excellent introduction to ancient Egypt

good course. I would recommend doing this one before the longer Egyptian history course by the same lecturer so as to get an overview before diving in.

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  • H. Alotaibi
  • 14-06-2017

It's just an excerpt of History of Ancient Egypt

The entire material is an excerpt from professor's other audible book on History of Ancient Egypt. If you buy the latter, a longer listens indeed, you'll enjoy more and won't miss a single word out of this book.

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  • Maime
  • 14-12-2013

Bob Brier all day every day...

If you could sum up Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt in three words, what would they be?

Bob Brier's got an affable manner and he really knows his stuff, he's a great tale teller, lecturer this is basic introductory material, and should be pretty much de rigueur for anyone who's interested in the Pharaonic timeline. This is a great place to start.

Great narration, one small complaint, the awful trumpeting fanfare they play at the beginning of every 35 minute lecture. Too loud and too raucous, overwrought. I'm laying in bed, not attending a Jousting match.

Otherwise this series is fine.

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  • Emily
  • 06-07-2016

The Pharaoh All-Star Team

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

In this lecture series Professor Bob Brier gives us a history of Egypt by focusing on the life and rule of its rulers. The Pharaohs in this course are the best of the best; a true All-Star Team. Here's the roster:

King Narmer—The Unification of Egypt
Sneferu—The Pyramid Builder
Hatshepsut—Female Pharaoh
Akhenaten—Heretic Pharaoh
Tutankhamen—The Lost Pharaoh
Tutankhamen—A Murder Theory
Ramses the Great—The Early Years
Ramses the Great—The Twilight Years
The Great Nubians—Egypt Restored
Alexander the Great—Anatomy of a Legend
The First Ptolemies—Greek Greatness
Cleopatra—The Last Pharaoh

This one's for the fans!

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  • David I. Williams
  • 30-04-2015

Wonderful Series

I really enjoyed this short series on the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. Great lecturer. I am going to go right now and download his larger series on the History of Egypt.

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  • SAMA
  • 27-11-2013

Taking a Stroll Down the Bank of the Nile

This is a different kind of history, jumping from one Pharaoh to another and skipping decades or centuries in between each one. It is still highly educational if you listen to complement the other Great Courses lectures on Ancient Egypt.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-01-2016

Must it end?

Brier knows his subject thoroughly and has the ability to engage the listener with these ancient times in history with fresh vitality. I was left with a sense of kinship to these Egyptian key players and felt only regret that there was no more!?

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  • P. Chen
  • 18-06-2018

Bob Brier Is a Great Speaker

He does it again. He's clear, understandable. His enthusiasm make Egyptology a great subject to study and be absorbed into.

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  • Catherine
  • 13-02-2018

Highlights the Interesting Lives of Ancient Egypt

Prof Bob Brier excels at exactly what he sets out to accomplish. He highlights key eras in Egyptian history through the biographies of its most pivotal pharaohs. Without getting bogged down by too many names and dates, and without the pressure of having to memorize everything, how Egypt grew in prosperity & changed over time is described through the lens of these pharaohs' lives.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the Egyptian section in museums, even if you are primarily just excited by the mummies. There is a lot of interesting information here that I think could spark a deeper appreciation for Ancient Egypt even in the passing spectator.

I would definitely listen to this again!

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  • Kim Schoren
  • 13-07-2017

Love it!!

Would you listen to Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt again? Why?

I will definitely be listening to this again because the delivery of the information is engaging. I feel like I've learned and retained more from listening to this book than all of my prior reading combined.

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  • Setken
  • 01-07-2017

Great, but some pharaohs missing

It was a great series and a nice compliment to Bob Brier's other Great Courses history of Egypt. I was however hoping that certain pharaohs would get an episode to themselves. I think that Djehutymose III (Thutmosis) and Seti I played such significant roles in pharaonic history that perhaps in further editions they may be included.

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  • Caro
  • 08-02-2014

Very enjoyable except....

I so enjoyed this, apart from the dreadful fake clapping at the end of each segment and then a chunk of Brandenburg Concerto for no reason. I would buy many of these Great Courses but I have to grit my teeth for the clapping and music or fast forward, and I find myself sort of dreading that bit. Infuriating when it's such a good listen apart from that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2018

Brilliant

This is a perfect way to learn more about Egypt bob brier is brilliant just wish he would do more series

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  • Naomi Skilling
  • 10-10-2017

Excellent Series of Lectures

If you want a whistle-stop tour of the most famous figures in Egypt then this is perfect, an excellent way of learning some ancient history. The professor is so enthusiastic and it makes it all the more engaging.