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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."

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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Great, well worth it

It's well worth it, but honestly I felt like it went too fast and didn't cover enough detail. But the course was still 48 episodes of great information! It's just Egyptian history is so long.
This is the book to read to get a map of Ancient Egypt in your head. It's an intro, and you could spend another 6 episodes on each episode in the course.

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Exceptional, informative and amazingly presented.

Easily the most compelling history course I have listened too. Amazing in every way. I cannot recommend it enough.

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Great Introduction to Egyptian History

The lecturer is clearly very passionate about Egyptology and he makes it very interesting. Only thing that annoyed me was how often he says “yuge” instead of huge.
Overall this was a fantastic introduction for someone who knew very little about ancient Egypt.

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Great!

I so enjoyed these lectures. Professor Brier’s obvious passion for his subject shines through. Fabulous.

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Amazing.

Prof. Brier made all the difference. He is an outstanding lecturer making this course so enjoyable it was a shame for it to end.

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  • Adam
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  • 10-10-2016

Must Have for Egypt Fans/ Future Students

As a current student studying ancient history this was a fantastic addition for me.

It would also be brilliant for anyone interested in learning more about one of the greatest civilisations of all time.

The lecturer is very knowledgable and engaging.

Easy 5 stars here.

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A Real Standout Course

Prof Bob Brier is clearly an extremely knowledgeable guy. But much more than that, he loves his Egyptology, and it is infectious, even exciting.
I've gone through a number of the Great Courses, and although all that I've listened to have been worthwhile, there are few that I've been eager to relisten too like this one - and it's 48 lectures!

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Brilliant!

Wow what a great lecture. So much history to cover, but it was done really well. Highly recommended.

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  • Andrew M
  • 18-10-2013

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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  • Jonathan
  • 01-10-2014

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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  • William J
  • 09-02-2018

A great story, well told.

Neatly compressed story of ancient Egypt, delivered with brio and authority. Generally accepted facts enriched along the way with personal theories and historic asides. Very enjoyable.

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  • Molly Moon
  • 13-04-2015

Excellent

I have an interest in the subject and was pleased to see this series of lectures. I started listening and very soon my husband was drawn in too; we both enjoyed it immensely.

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  • Niall
  • 12-01-2015

A very enjoyable listening & learning experience

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

Yes, I would definitely recommend this to a friend. While after a while, the canned applause and the music at the start can start to grate, the enthusiasm of the speaker shines through the delivery as well as his sense of humour. I learned a great deal from this course and was greatly entertained by it. What more can you ask for?

What other book might you compare The History of Ancient Egypt to, and why?

None, so far

What does Professor Bob Brier bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Enthusiasm for the subject, fascination about an ancient civilization and an infectious sense of humour

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There was the odd snicker from something Prof, Brier said, but it was more I guess a morbid fascination with the subjects covered

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  • Kindleblorp
  • 19-03-2018

Excellent.

Great audiobook. Could've trimmed a few of the less interesting lectures, but perhaps that's just down to taste. Overall excellent. Will be listening to more from The Great Courses.

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  • gi
  • 27-10-2017

Wonderful Lecture

I purchased this lecture because I was going for a short trip to Egypt and wanting to understand a little bit about Egypt.
I got more than that, I seriously got hooked to learn more and really enjoyed this Professor Brier. I wish I could attend his lecture in person one day and can have a tea with him.
His goal has been met on me; I was the guide for my husband as we stroll through the great pyramids of Giza sand Cairo museum.
Thank you Professor Brier.

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  • Jed Lennox
  • 22-07-2015

Extremely Intteresting and a Joy to Listen To

What did you like most about The History of Ancient Egypt?

The narrator/lecturer obviously has a great passion for the subject and it was infectious to the listener.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The History of Ancient Egypt?

The stories of the early pharaohs.

Have you listened to any of Professor Bob Brier’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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  • Tarjinder
  • 06-06-2018

the history of ancient Egypt

I loved it I love history as well as maths and physics so I listened to everything in a day

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  • Matt Saunders
  • 06-05-2018

incredibly interesting and intelligently presented

very well presented , incredible knowledge of the subject matter portrayed in an insightful and thought provoking manner. unlocking obscure facts of ancient Egypt in a manner that draws you in to the mystic history.