History of Ancient Egypt

Course No. 350
Professor Bob Brier, Ph.D.
Long Island University
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What Will You Learn?

  • numbers Learn the differences between mythology, religion, and philosophy, as well as the role each played in ancient Egypt.
  • numbers Examine what might have changed after Dynasty IV, when the Pharaohs stopped building pyramids.
  • numbers Learn how to mummify a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian manner.
  • numbers Explore why Egyptian history was known as a "tale of two cities" during Dynasty XXI.

Course Overview

Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand that our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. Consider time. Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. When the young pharaoh Tutankhamen ruled Egypt, the pyramids of Giza had already been standing well over 1,000 years. When Cleopatra came to power, Tutankhamen had been in his tomb more than 1,000 years.

Consider scale. The only one of the Eight Wonders of the Ancient World still standing, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, was the tallest building in the world until well into the 1800s. It covers 13.5 acres at the base and contains 2.3 million limestone blocks, weighing 5,000 pounds each on average. Tens of thousands of men labored to raise this tomb—but they were not slaves; they were free farmers and artisans. The social organization alone of this project humbles most modern achievements. And it was built in 2550 B.C., roughly 2,000 years before Rome was founded.

Consider its mystery. Egypt was the most advanced of any ancient civilization. Yet, even after deciphering the hieroglyphs, Egypt remains one of the most mysterious. Scarabs, mummies, obelisks, sphinxes—their civilization was extraordinary and yet so "other" from what we live today.

Professor Bob Brier regularly hosts and contributes to programs on ancient Egypt for The History Channel and The Learning Channel. He has served as Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities "Egyptology Today" Program and has twice been selected as a Fulbright Scholar. He is also the recipient of the David Newton Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the perfect guide to take you through the tombs, mummies, and history of Egypt.

Professor Brier combines the precision and care of a scientist with a novelist's feel for plot, action, and character. His approach brings together the best that the narrative and scientific schools of history have to offer.

"Professor Brier's style of presentation is as impressive as it is engaging, and combines the skills of a master teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge of his subject. The History of Ancient Egypt is enthusiastically recommended."

—Harold McFarland, Regional Editor, Midwest Book Review

"In these lectures on ancient Egypt, the enthusiasm of Professor Brier is so infectious, the material chosen so fascinating, and the presentation so pleasant that any adult listener could enrich his knowledge of history with enjoyment."

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The Big Picture

In this course, you chronologically survey the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history. Because Egyptian history lasted so long, Egyptologists divide it into three periods called Kingdoms:

  • The Old Kingdom saw the beginnings of nationhood for Egypt under one supreme ruler, the pharaoh. During this time, the pyramids were built and the rules of Egyptian art were established that would govern for 3,000 years.
  • The Middle Kingdom, a period of stabilizing after the Old Kingdom collapsed, saw a nation fighting to regain its greatness.
  • The New Kingdom, the glamour period of ancient Egypt, was when all the stars—Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, Ramses the Great, Cleopatra, and others—appeared.

Professor Brier begins with a note on his approach.

"To a great extent, the fun of history is in the details. Knowing what kind of wine Tutankhamen preferred makes him come alive.

"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 in the summer, we will feel a kinship with our long-dead counterparts.

"As we wind our way chronologically through 30 centuries of history, we will pause repeatedly to look at the details that make up the big picture."

The Base

The first five lectures are foundational. Professor Brier shows what Egypt was like before writing, how Egyptologists piece together the history of ancient Egypt, and how hieroglyphs were deciphered. These lectures show how Egyptology has been one ongoing detective story—and reveal Napoleon's massive contribution to what we know.

The Old Kingdom

In Lectures 6–10, you see the Egyptians rise to a greatness far surpassing any other people in the Near East, learn of a king who united Egypt by might, and discover a pharaoh who showed Egypt how to build the pyramids.

While you see how the pyramids were built, you learn just what it was that made Egypt great. At the end of these lectures, you see Egypt collapse into a dark age about which little is known, and with Professor Brier, you try to assess what happened.

The Middle Kingdom

Lectures 11–15 discuss Egypt's successful attempt to pull itself together, only to collapse once again. You study heroic kings from the south who battle to unite the country and establish a peace that would last for two centuries—as long as the United States has existed. Then Egypt is invaded by the mysterious people called the Hyksos, as the kings of the south battle Egypt back to greatness. These lectures also look in detail at the Old Testament story of Joseph in Egypt to see what light it might shed on this period.

The New Kingdom

Lectures 16–25 deal with the fabulous Dynasty XVIII, the period of Egypt's greatest wealth and personalities. Examining in-depth the kings and queens of this period, you study:

  • Hatshepsut, the woman who ruled as king and whose history was systematically erased from Egyptian records
  • Akhenaten, the first monotheist—and, arguably, the first individual—in history, who changed the religion of Egypt
  • Tutankhamen, the son of Akhenaten, who became the most famous of Egypt's kings when his undisturbed tomb was discovered in 1922
  • Egyptian medicine and why Egyptian physicians were justly the most famous in the ancient world.

Lectures 26–28 are a brief excursion into Professor Brier's specialty: mummies. You even learn how to make one. You also see that mummies are like books—packed with information—if you know how to read them.

Lectures 29–35 focus on the end of the New Kingdom, the last great epoch of Egyptian history, dominated by Ramses the Great. Professor Brier discusses the unnamed pharaoh of the Exodus, as well as Egyptian magic.

Greatness, but under Greek Rule

Lectures 36–41 recount the invasion of Egypt by a series of conquering peoples, including Nubians, Libyans, and Persians. Professor Brier examines the causes of Egypt's decline and the ways the falling pharaohs reached back 1,500 years to grasp at greatness.

Lectures 42–47 chart the rule of the Ptolemies, Greek kings. This period begins with the conquest of Alexander the Great and ends with Cleopatra. For 200 years, once-mighty Egypt was ruled by kings named Ptolemy, all of whom descended from General Ptolemy, who served under Alexander. These lectures examine what life was like for an Egyptian under the oppressive rule of their Greek masters. And they detail some of the achievements of this period, including the library at Alexandria.

Lecture 48 concludes the series with a summary of Egypt's legacy and suggestions for continuing study.

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48 lectures
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  • 1
    What makes ancient Egypt so interesting? How do we know what we know about it? What can you, as a student, expect from these lectures? x
  • 2
    Prehistoric Egypt
    In this lesson, we will see just how old "old" is. The basic divisions of prehistory will be discussed, and each category will be defined and its specific characteristics delineated. Once these categories are clear, we will discuss the difficulties of studying a prehistoric civilization. x
  • 3
    Ancient Egyptian Thought
    What distinguishes mythology, religion, and philosophy from one another? What role did each play in the lives of the ancient Egyptians? x
  • 4
    Napoleon and the Beginnings of Egyptology
    Why does modern Egyptology begin with Napoleon? How was Egypt studied before he and his army arrived with 150 scientists in tow in 1798? How did the monumental Description de l'Egypte that Bonaparte's savants produced become the benchmark for all future publications in the field? x
  • 5
    The Rosetta Stone, and Much More
    The Rosetta Stone is a large granite stela, carved under Ptolemy V and unearthed by French troops in 1799. With inscriptions of the same text in Greek and Egyptian, it provided the key to deciphering the ancient Egyptian language. Learn the four scripts in which ancient Egyptian can be written, as well as the three ways hieroglyphic signs can be used. x
  • 6
    The First Nation in History
    How did Egypt become history's first nation? Once King Narmer unified Upper and Lower Egypt, it took only a few hundred years to build a power that would dominate the Near East for millennia. Learn why the political structure of ancient Egypt made this possible and how the "Narmer Palette" tells this story. x
  • 7
    The Rise of the Old Kingdom
    As Egypt becomes a great nation led by a single all-powerful ruler, traditions arise that will last for millennia: a capital city, separate burial places (and eventually mighty pyramids) for the kings, solar boats for the trip to the next world, and more. x
  • 8
    Sneferu, the Pyramid Builder
    This lecture will present a portrait of the founder of the "Fabulous Fourth" Dynasty, Sneferu. Using trial and error, he figured out how to build a true pyramid. His reign also saw Egypt's blossoming as an international power and the setting of artistic standards that would last for thousands of years. x
  • 9
    The Great Pyramid of Giza
    From leveling the foundation to setting the capstone, here are—as best as we can make out—the "nuts and bolts" of the Egyptians' most literally "monumental" feat: pyramid building. This lecture also discusses the 144-foot solar boat that was found in 1954, buried near the Great Pyramid. x
  • 10
    The End of the Old Kingdom
    After the fantastic achievements of Dynasty IV, something—no one knows what—changed. Pharaohs stopped building pyramids and seem to have adopted sun worship. Dynasty VI resumed pyramid building on a small scale, but the death of its last king plunged Egypt into chaos. x
  • 11
    The First Intermediate Period
    After centuries of power, pyramids, and prosperity, Egypt totally collapsed. Why? A look at this period also shows the methods that Egyptologists use to reconstruct history where the resources are scant. x
  • 12
    The Middle Kingdom—Dynasty XI
    The Middle Kingdom is the story of Egypt's resurrection. Dynasty XI is the dynasty of reunification, slowly bringing Egypt back to unity and greatness. x
  • 13
    The Middle Kingdom—Dynasty XII
    The seven kings of Dynasty XII built pyramids, fostered great literature (often for political purposes), and consolidated power once again in the center. x
  • 14
    The Second Intermediate Period
    Ancient Egypt is the only civilization in history to have been eclipsed twice and bounced back to prominence on both occasions. Dynasties XIII through XVII saw the Middle Kingdom's decline, the advent of foreign rule, and finally, the expulsion of the Hyksos by a heroic prince of Thebes and his two sons at the end of Dynasty XVII. x
  • 15
    Joseph in Egypt
    The Bible describes a lengthy sojourn of the Israelites in Egypt. We examine the Joseph story in the Book of Genesis to see what light Egyptology might shed on its authenticity. x
  • 16
    The Beginning of the New Kingdom—The Fabulous XVIIIth Dynasty
    Practices we think of as defining ancient Egypt—including the use of a standing army to exact foreign tribute and the burial of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings—have their origins in this seminal period. We will also take a detailed look at what warfare was like in the ancient world. x
  • 17
    Queen Hatshepsut
    One of the greatest individuals in Egyptian history, Hatshepsut appears in no official Egyptian record. When she died, she was "King of Upper and Lower Egypt." How did she handle the three core activities of kingship—building, warfare, and trading expeditions? Why was her name later systematically expunged? x
  • 18
    Obelisks are a purely Egyptian invention. Quarrying, transporting, and erecting one is perhaps an even greater engineering feat than the building of a pyramid. Learn the origins and religious significance of obelisks. x
  • 19
    Tuthmosis III—King At Last
    For 22 years, Tuthmosis III was second fiddle to his aunt Hatshepsut, who ruled as a king although she was a woman. When she died and he ruled by himself, he became one of the greatest military pharaohs Egypt had ever known. Learn what it meant to be a great king by tracing the epic events of his reign. x
  • 20
    The Fabulous XVIIIth Dynasty Rolls On
    Witness this glorious dynasty continue through two superior pharaohs and then one great one, Amenhotep III, "The Sun King." x
  • 21
    Akhenaten the Heretic Pharaoh
    The most enigmatic and controversial pharaoh in Egypt's history, Akhenaten rocked the pillars of Egyptian society. He may have been the first monotheist and the first "individual" in history. x
  • 22
    The Discovery of Tutankhamen's Tomb
    Unearthed by Howard Carter in 1922, the burial place of this young son of Akhenaten is the only royal tomb to have been found substantially intact. Follow the careful research and planning that led up to Carter's discovery, and learn the significance of the thousands of artifacts found. x
  • 23
    The Murder of Tutankhamen—A Theory
    Was Tutankhamen the victim of foul play? Do his mummified remains hold clues? Who might have wanted him dead, and why? Sift the physical and circumstantial evidence for this intriguing hypothesis and form your own conclusion. x
  • 24
    Medicine—The Necessary Art
    The physicians of Egypt were famous throughout the ancient world. Probe the justification for this fame by examining medical papyri. We will see that there were really two approaches to medicine: clinical and magical. x
  • 25
    The End of Dynasty XVIII
    What happened when a pharaoh died without issue? Find out by looking at three such cases that arose toward the end of Dynasty XVIII. Tutankhamen, Aye, and Horemheb, the last king of the dynasty, left no children. x
  • 26
    Mummification—How We Know What We Know
    Mummification was a trade secret. The Egyptians left no records of how they did it. Detective work is needed, and fortunately, there are four papyri that offer some clues. x
  • 27
    What Mummies Tell Us
    The primary source for figuring out how the Egyptians mummified their dead is the mummies themselves. What distinguishes mummies from the Old Kingdom, the New Kingdom, and the Late Period, respectively? How have Egyptologists reconstructed this ancient art? By the end of this lecture, you will be able to look at a mummy and tell how old it is. x
  • 28
    Making a Modern Mummy
    Here you'll learn how Professor Brier mummified a human cadaver in the ancient Egyptian manner to determine how the Egyptian embalmers did it. The purpose of the project was not to make a mummy, but to gain knowledge of the instruments, substances, and surgical procedures used during the process. x
  • 29
    Dynasty XIX Begins
    After three childless pharaohs in a row, Egypt desperately needed stability. Thus, the first pharaoh of Dynasty XIX may have been selected not for his ability, but because of his heirs! x
  • 30
    Ramses the Great—The Early Years
    Ramses the Great ruled for 67 years and was considered one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs. The pillars of his reputation were classic: warfare and building. x
  • 31
    Ramses the Great—The Later Years
    There is a bit of a mystery about Ramses's reign. Its last 40 years were rather sedentary. In considering what might have happened, you will see how a pharaoh with the resources of Ramses prepared himself and his family for the next world. x
  • 32
    The Exodus—Did It Happen?
    The Book of Exodus, so fundamental to the history of the Jewish people, is the section of the Old Testament most closely tied to Egypt. What light can Egyptology shed on the biblical account? x
  • 33
    The Decline of Dynasty XIX
    Short reigns and a lack of major building projects betray the beginnings of Egypt's long slide from greatness. x
  • 34
    Dynasty XX—The Decline Continues
    After Ramses III's brief attempt to restore Egypt's stability, the downward slide continued. Who were the mysterious Sea Peoples? How did they contribute to the weakening of Egypt? x
  • 35
    Ancient Egyptian Magic
    Magic was a central concern of the ancient Egyptians. What were its basic elements and practices? x
  • 36
    Dynasty XXI—Egypt Divided
    Egypt's long slide continued as rival dynasties ruled from Thebes and the Delta. Egyptian history had become "a tale of two cities." x
  • 37
    Dynasty XXII—Egypt United
    Libyans ruled from the Delta city of Bubastis for 200 years and fought to restore Egypt's greatness. During this time, Egypt became involved with the biblical kingdoms of Judah and Israel. In the end, Egypt suffered division once more, but this time the two halves did not fight one another. x
  • 38
    Dynasty XXV—The Nubians Have Their Day
    Nubians had been permitted to grow independent, with their leaders taking the title of pharaoh. They were also devoted to Amun, so in a sense, Egypt was their spiritual home. We will see a warrior from the south (Kush) battling a confederation of Egyptian "kings" and unifying Egypt once again. x
  • 39
    Dynasty XXVI—The Saite Period
    Egypt fell under and then escaped Assyrian control only to face a new menace in the form of Babylon. As if they knew it was the last gasp, the pharaohs of Dynasty XXVI looked back to the Old Kingdom for inspiration. x
  • 40
    Dynasty XXVII—The Persians
    The Greek traveler Herodotus gives three different reasons Persia invaded Egypt. How do his accounts compare with Egyptian records? How did Egypt express its unbending will to be free under this latest group of foreign rulers? x
  • 41
    Dynasties XXVIII to XXXI—The Beginning of the End
    Four very brief dynasties ruled in succession. When the last native-born ruler, Nectanebo II, was forced to flee into Nubia, Egypt's glory was over. x
  • 42
    Alexander the Great
    Alexander the Great began 300 years of Greek control of Egypt. We will trace his extraordinary career as a young general, as pharaoh, and as legendary conqueror. x
  • 43
    The First Ptolemies
    The Greek kings known as the Ptolemies ran Egypt like a business. Taxes were heavy; government was oppressive. There are two great Hellenistic achievements, however: the Pharos Lighthouse and the famed Library of Alexandria. x
  • 44
    The Middle Ptolemies—The Decline
    A TV show about the Middle Ptolemies might well be called "Lifestyles of the Rich and Murderous." With few exceptions, the members of this dysfunctional dynasty were violent, debauched, and generally neglectful of the country they ruled. The Egyptians hated them and frequently rebelled, forcing some to flee for their lives. With each Ptolemy, Egypt sank deeper, making a return to greatness impossible. x
  • 45
    Animal Mummies
    The Ptolemies had a fascination with mummies, especially animal mummies. We will take an in-depth look at the practice of animal mummification, which became a major industry during the Ptolemaic period. x
  • 46
    Cleopatra's Family
    For a Ptolemy, dodging assassination by one's own kin was often the hardest part of ruling. Learn how Cleopatra's father managed this task, and trace the course of Egypt's growing—and ultimately fatal—interaction with the rising power of Rome. x
  • 47
    Cleopatra—The Last Ptolemy
    Although Cleopatra is one of the most famous women who ever lived, she remains an enigma—we don't even know her mother's name. History is written by the victors, and Cleopatra lost. Can ancient records help fill out her story? x
  • 48
    The Grand Finale
    This last lecture crowns the course by briefly summarizing 3,000 years of Egyptian history; outlining Egypt's legacy to us; surveying images of Egypt in film and literature; and listing ways you can pursue your interest in this remarkable civilization. Your learning needn't stop here! x

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Bob Brier, Ph.D.
Long Island University
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...
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History of Ancient Egypt is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 300.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professor Brier is a fabulous lecturer!!! Have loved every minute of it!! Professor Brier brings ancient Egypt to life!!!
Date published: 2020-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating information & a great speaker! I have always had an interest in Egypt. What a thrill it was to go on a trip to Egypt last year! I am just starting Lesson 7 of 48. Dr. Brier is such an engaging speaker. He really brings history to life. I am very much enjoying the series & learning so much. Can't wait to learn more with each lesson. Looking forward to starting the series on the Egyptian Pharoahs!
Date published: 2020-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I’m delighted with this course! I’m still ongoing and it’s truly wonderful to be able to have access to this course that is my passion!
Date published: 2020-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal series of lectures! Theseseries of 48 lectures was fascinating. The professor communicated his enthusiasm for his subject, carefully selected visuals as appropriate, and was a delight to listen to. If I could give him six stars, I would.
Date published: 2020-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best course yet I find myself breaking my general rule of not evaluating something until I have completed it. This is by far the best of The Great Courses that I have experienced to date. The instructor is informative, authoritative, and most of all, interesting. At all times, I have the feeling that he is speaking to me, not at me. I just wish that my passed wife could have shared the experience. I strongly recommend this course.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute delight! We just finished this course a few minutes ago and are so sad It's over. Professor Brier has deep knowledge of the subject and does an excellent job of conveying his enthusiasm to the students. Even facts we knew before were given a whole new life. And there was so much detail we didn't know. One of the finest courses by one of the finest lecturers we've encountered.
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Production Dr. Bob Brier is one of the foremost authorities on Ancient Egypt. He is an excellent lecturer. All of his courses are entertaining, stimulating and enjoyable. I had the privilege of attending one of his lectures in person. If one is interested in Egypt then his courses are for you!
Date published: 2020-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good thoughtful approach to ancient Egypt Like many other people, ancient Egypt has always held attraction for me. One outstanding memory for me was visiting the Oriental Institute in the early 1960's, when I went for an admission interview for the College of the University of Chicago; what an eye-opening experience (even to see what is reported as the third largest sphynx in the world). During my undergraduate days at Chicago I was able to revisit the museum. Professor Brier has deep and wide knowledge of Egyptology which he can present in concise, graphic details which also are entertaining. His lectures include "side trips" to expand our knowledge beyond the kings, pyramids, stellae, temples, etc. He is not afraid to tell us what is NOT known, but is willing to give some alternative, logical explanations (as someone trained in science, I do have problems wit his calling them "theories", but ok) for scenarios not well-supported (or even given no good evidence) but help show how archaeologists must work to "fill the gaps". You cannot go wrong taking this course.
Date published: 2020-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommended - thank you Professor Bob An excellent, thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening series of lectures. Prof Bob is a really good presenter/lecturer, wears his learning lightly, and as a consequence makes learning fun for others. From knowing very little about Ancient Egypt, I now have a really good overview, and was sorry when the course ended. Was tempted to start at the beginning, but am instead moving on to his history of the pharaohs. A big thank you to Prof Bob.
Date published: 2020-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I learned, but it was biased, annoying. Professor Brier has a one-sided positive view of ancient Egypt and minimizes any negatives. It is difficult to put my own feelings into words, but he just seems biased. His presentation style is annoying. He uses many pauses for emphasis and he repeats himself frequently ... frequently. Often multiple times ... multiple times... in the same sentence... the same sentence. As a result his presentation is slow. I think he could go into more depth, and give a broader perspective if he used this wasted time better. He uses hand gestures and pauses to show that his opinion is self evident, even when it is not. It is as if he is using social pressure to make you agree and accept him as the expert. Did I learn from the class? Yes, but I agree with the previous reviewer that the course should be updated.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great overview of Egyptian history I purchased this course prior to taking an archeology tour of Egypt. It provided a wonderful overview and Dr. Brier is an excellent speaker. While I cannot recite the names of all the pharaohs (!), I feel like I understand the historical flow. I recommend, however, that Great Courses consider having Dr. Brier update the course. It was produced in 1999 - there have been a number of discoveries since then. In addition, video has come a long way.
Date published: 2020-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful enthusiasm and depth on knowledge My very first Great Curse was an introductory offer on Prof Bob Brier's "Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt". I have been hooked on Great Courses ever since. I have now completed this wonderful course "The History of Ancient Egypt" and it is excellent. I have come away with a far greater understanding about the history of Egypt and her role in the ancient world right up to the Roman period. The enthusiasm that Bob Brier has is infectious and I can not recommend this highly enough. Many thanks indeed!
Date published: 2020-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful speaker that makes Egyptian history understandable andinformative
Date published: 2020-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good I have really enjoyed this course however it is around twenty years old and needs updating.
Date published: 2020-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Overview of 3,000 Years of Egyptian Histor Having visited Egypt some ten years ago, my great regret is that I did not take this course before going. I cannot say enough good things about Professor Brier and the excellent content of his lectures. When I started and realized there were 48 lectures, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the prospect. But because of Professor Brier's excellent manner of presenting so much material covering such a long period of time, the time flew by. By the time I finished lecture 48, I was sad that I had completed the course. So many fascinating aspects of Egyptology were opened up to me by this course. To say that I learned a lot would be a gross understatement. Even things that I had a passing knowledge of were so enhanced by Professor Brier. He loves mummification and there may have been a tad bit of overkill on that subject, but what the heck; it's his specialty so why not? One of the things I especially appreciated about the course was learning where certain events fit into Egyptian history. I had no idea that the great pyramids were built thousands of years before The Valley of the Kings was even started. Understanding the role of foreign powers that at point ruled Egypt was also most interesting. I mean, did I know that Cleopatra was a Greek (Ptolemy)? Nope. I cannot recommend this course strong enough.
Date published: 2019-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent professor It's so neat to watch someone get so excited about their subject.
Date published: 2019-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bob speaks. But what you hear are the voices of the pharaohs.
Date published: 2019-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive history course Complete history and culture of Egypt taught by a world-class Egyptologist who is passionate about his subject. The delivery of the lectures is absorbing and entertaining, and the scope is very comprehensive. I would enjoy watching any lecture delivered by Dr. Brier.
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We bought this course before going on a trip to Egypt. It made so much clearer the history of Egypt and its treasures and cultures. Wish it was updated as there have been many new discoveries since 1999, but overall we are so glad we got it.
Date published: 2019-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent in all respects! All of Dr Brier's courses are outstanding. As always, Dr Brier is a fabulous story teller and at the end of each lecture it is hard to stop. He shares so many interesting facts and features that you are addicted to continuing as quickly as possible to finish the course. I highly recommend this to everyone. Even if you are not interested in Egyptian history, you will quickly become fascinated. And if you are interested in Egyptian history, you will be thrilled with the course. In any case, you will want to own all of Dr Brier's course--unfortunately there are only 3 of them. I would like to suggest that he make more: "A Great Tours: Egypt archaeological sites and monuments" would be terrific as well as an "Everyday Life of the Ancient Egyptians" would also be a best-seller if only you could persuade him to do it.
Date published: 2019-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks like it was filmed with a camcorder! The information is good, but the filming shows its age. It looks like it was recorded by a camcorder in the mid-90s. More effort should have been made to have the professor stay more upright, rather than leaning crookedly over the podium. Poor production value from a passionate professor. Just to not have the material shortchanged, I would recommend the audio version.
Date published: 2019-07-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from unbelievably repetitive I know more than 200 great Course; I have None where the difference between the opinion amongst my "co-students" -or at least their great minority is so different from mine...this Course is quite amusing and intersting because of the subject matter and the Professor is a nice man but his style of delivery is unbelievably reptetitive; he repeats virtually every secon sentence,unbelievable..and a severe hinderance for me regarding the enjoyment of the stuff presented..so sad,since this is the only Course dealing with the fascinating subject of ancient egypt..I bought the Course About great Pharaos as well,but..again all of the same,repetitive,nothing new under the sun and a very superficial treatment of the subject matter for that
Date published: 2019-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful Presentation of Egyptian History Professor Brier is a wonderful presenter who deeply loves his subject and communicates the wonder of this great civilization in a way that is both thorough and charming. There are a few speculative "side-trips" in this tour--Joseph in Egypt, Exodus, Mummification--that serve as brief breaks in the historical narrative and, I think, came at the right spot in the series to break up the linear historical progression. Great job.
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bob Brier is Fantastic entertaining & enlightening Listened to the entire set - twice. Bob Brier makes it easy and fun to understand the History of Egypt. A must have for any serious traveler to Egypt. We actually knew a few things when we arrived - our guide was amazed. Just Great!
Date published: 2019-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thorough and entertaining This is a wonderful course. My husband and I purchased this course before our trip to Egypt. Although we had a very good Egyptologist/Guide, we never would have benefited so much from what we saw and heard without having seen this course beforehand. Although the course is a bit old, the background scenery never changes, nor does the speaker's clothes throughout the course, DR. Brier is endlessly informative, entertaining, and presents a very clear outline of Ancient Egyptian History. At first, we weren't sure we could get through 48 lessons but we became addicted to the information and his teaching style. He clearly loves his subject. You too will become addicted.
Date published: 2019-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My husband and I are half-way through the course and we've only had the discs for 10 days. The professor is very knowledgeable and enjoyable to watch and listen to. We have learned so much preparing for our trip to Egypt.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm planning a trip to Egypt. I haven't completed the course but so far, each lecture has been excellent.
Date published: 2019-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am in the middle of the course but I really love it. The details ,photos and stories are just wonderful. I have always been interested in Ancient Egypt and I already have learned so much.I have recommended this course to all of my friends.
Date published: 2019-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Teaching Company Classic Bought this many years ago, and I have relistened to it (I bought the CDs) many times. It’s virtues are many, and I’m sure it has its shortcomings, but the real appeal of this course is the instructor. Bob Brier, unlike many other Teaching Company instructors, has a natural presentation style—he hasn’t memorized each word of his lectures like the inexplicably popular Guelzo, for instance. He is a compelling storyteller and a joy to listen to. That approach isn’t perfect—there are digressions and overstatements about Egypt’s uniqueness. And it isn’t an approach I would have expected to like. If you’re interested in ancient Egypt, you’ll learn about the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, the famous pharaohs, some major events, some ancient Egyptian beliefs, and a good amount about arachaeology. But this course is really just a great story by a great storyteller with an infectious enthusiasm for his subject. If you’ve never purchased a Teaching Company course, start with this one.
Date published: 2019-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from STIMULATING If I had any sort of exposure to Prof. Brier in my young years, I would have changed my career path. He surely has command of his knowledge of a long enduring civilization and embarks with you on a journey of understanding and comprehension. Most of all, Prof Brier invites you to think by sharing his questions and theories so you don't feel left out. The energy is in both directions,,,not just teacher dictating to student. Concurrently, his cadence is terrific like an old. wise sage telling stories by the campfire. When attempting to understand Egypt, there is no other way to go but his course.
Date published: 2019-02-18
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