Focusing on three of the most important discoveries from the world of the ancient Egyptians, this series journeys back in time to explore Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Great Giovanni Belzoni's finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Jean-François Champollion's deciphering of the hieroglyphs. Join Carter, Belzoni and Champollion as they overcome immense obstacles to unlock the secrets of an as-yet undiscovered world and reveal their seminal finds. Then travel even further back, to the amazing period of Egyptian history unveiled by their astounding work.
Episode 1 and 2 : Carter and Tutankhamon
Episode 3: Belzoni and Ramses, first part
Episode 4: Belzoni and Ramses, second part
Episode 5 and 6: Champollion and the hieroglyphs
The making of the pyramids
Extras: trailers, photo gallery, fact files, visual effects
|Tut Ankh Amun funeral mask, Cairo Museum|
I am not sure why the authors chose this particular order of the episodes, in that Belzoni should come first, as his discoveries preceded the work of the two others. Carter's episodes should be the last: not only did he work a century after Belzoni and Champollion, but his subject, Tutankhamun, lived a thousand years after Ramses and the inventors of the hieroglyphs. The viewer might want to watch episodes 3 and 4 first, then 5 and 6, and finally 1 and 2.
|Abu Simbel before restoration|
You can read my review of the book on Giovanni Belzoni by Marco Zatterin (in Italian) here on this blog.
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