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Professor Bob Brier, Ph.D.

Professor Bob Brier
  • Long Island University
  • The University of North Carolina
To a great extent, the fun of history is in the details. Knowing what kind of wine Tutankhamen preferred makes him come alive.

Dr. Bob Brier is an Egyptologist and Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. He earned his bachelor's degree from Hunter College and Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Brier has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar and has received Long Island University's David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of his achievements as a lecturer. He has served as Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities' Egyptology Today program. In 1994, Dr. Brier became the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian style. This research was the subject of a National Geographic television special, Mr. Mummy. Dr. Brier is also the host of The Learning Channel's series The Great Egyptians. Professor Brier is the author of Ancient Egyptian Magic (1980), Egyptian Mummies (1994), Encyclopedia of Mummies (1998), The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story (1998), Daily Life in Ancient Egypt (1999), and numerous scholarly articles.


"Professor Brier's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious and it is impossible not to be swept along in his passion for Egypt. He really does paint a lively picture of the place and time."


"Professor Brier; a riveting story teller that keeps one spellbound throughout the long true tale of Egypt in its full richness, strangeness and humanity."

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  1. Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

    Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

    Bob Brier, Ph.D.
    Starting at $89.95 Starting at $89.95 $199.95 $89.95$199.95
    No great civilization continues to speak to us like that of ancient Egypt. Yet what made Egypt great were the individuals who ruled it. Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt recounts the lives and accomplishments of great leaders such as Tutankhamen, Ramses the Great, and Cleopatra. Professor Bob Brier, an acclaimed Egyptologist, presents a veritable 30-century history of Egypt that peers into almost every aspect of...
  2. History of Ancient Egypt

    History of Ancient Egypt

    Bob Brier, Ph.D.
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $519.95 $249.95$519.95
    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand that our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. If you're awed by the Great Pyramid, amazed by the magnificent golden mask and other treasures of Tutankhamen, curious about how this longest-lived of all ancient cultures has influenced us, or just intrigued by the mysterious hows and whys of all things Egyptian, then you must own this comprehensive and entertaining...
  3. Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History Collection

    Special Collection - The Joy of Ancient History

    Bob Brier, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    For years, The Great Courses has taken you on stirring explorations of our ancient roots. The Joy of Ancient History is an insightful collection of 36 lectures curated from our most popular ancient history courses. Guided by our highly rated professors, hopscotch around the world to experience the fascinating variety that ancient history offers: from great heroes and epic battles to lost civilizations and beyond.
  4. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History Collection

    36 Revolutionary Figures of History

    Bob Brier, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    Alexander the Great. Jesus. Darwin. Churchill. These are just a few of the revolutionary individuals who have transformed our world in ways that still resonate today. 36 Revolutionary Figures of History is a unique collection of 36 lectures from our extensive course catalog—one that takes you across time and around the globe to offer piercing insights into some of history’s most transformative figures.