Engineering An Empire

Season 1 Episode 2

Egypt

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 09, 2006 on The History Channel
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From the year 3000 BC all the way to around 1212 BC, the Egyptians accomplished the impossibe and built the unimaginable. From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the temple at Abu Simbel, see all the incredible engineering feats of the Pharaohs of Egypt.

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      • Narrator: 5,000 years ago, in an age when Greece and Rome were but a distant dream, one civilization conceived impossible and built the unimaginable. Enriched by their conquests and empowered by their gods, the indomitable Pharaohs of Egypt built the ancient world's first stone monolith, it's tallest building, oldest dam, most impenetrable fortress, greatest city and ultimate monument to one rulers ego. Egypt's engineers boldly redefined the limits of architectural possibility, but their road to eternal glory was riddled with blood, betrayal and outright disaster.

      • Narrator: But the imposing structures the Egyptians left behind are the results of much more than granite, limestone and laborers. They epitomize unparalled genius, unrivaled technology and the beginning of mankinds eternal struggle to engineer a bridge between the human and the divine.

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      • Commentators:

        Zahi Hawass
        Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt

        Stephen P. Harvey
        University of Chicago

        Lawrence Berman
        Museum of Fire Arts, Boston

        Charles Van Siclen
        The American Research Center in Egypt

        Salima Ikram
        American University in Cairo

        Ann Marcy Roth
        New York University

        Michael Jones
        The American Research Center in Egypt

        Mahmoud Khodier
        Egyptologist

        John Darnell
        Yale University

        Colleen Manassa
        Yale University

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