British archaeologist John Romer takes us back in time to understand how life was lived in ancient Egypt, thousands of years ago.
Throughout four different episodes, we’ll acquaint ourselves with the ancient lives of of old Egypt.
We’ll visit ancient Egyptian ruins, look at great archaeological findings and turn the historical stone to uncover what life really was like under the Pharaoh kings.
By studying the hieroglyphs and ancient relics, John Romer reveals the most intimate details of the people’s daily lives: their meals, their loves, their quarrels, and even their dreams.
Episode 1: The Village Of The Craftsmen Of The Valley Of The Kings
In episode one, John takes us to an ancient ruin adjacent to ancient Thebes.
Here we’ll witness a tomb-makers’ village that elucidates some mysteries of this long-buried culture: the role of the gods in everyday life, the Egyptians’ vision of the afterlife, the significance of a king’s burial, and the general design of the royal tombs.
Episode 2: The Mountains Of Gold
Episode two follows the intimate stories of two ordinary workers: Kenhirkhopeshef, a dedicated scribe, and Paneb, a volatile foreman.
Furthermore, the episode reveals how religious beliefs informed the everyday lives of the Egyptians.
John also shows how we know when Ramses III moved the royal court from Thebes to the delta, and how it resulted in the close-knit tomb-makers’ community beginning to split along class lines.
Episode 3: The Processional Way Of The Gods
Episode three continues our archaeological exploration on understanding the ancient lives of Egypt. In this episode John shares how intertwined the ancient Egyptians religious aspects were in everyones lives.
Episode 4: Royal Tombs Of The Valley Of The Kings
The fourth and final episode showcases John Romer touring the Valley of the Kings and divulge its archaeological findings.
Here, the lives of kings and queens had their final resting place. On their tomb walls, hieroglyphs tells us their story, their world and their knowledge.
- Release date1984
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Peter Spry-Leverton
- Production companyCentral Productions