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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Egypt
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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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