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Modern Marvels

Season 10 Episode 63

Egyptian Pyramids

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 18, 2003 on The History Channel
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Constructed as tombs for the ancient pharaohs, over 100 pyramids remain in Egypt. Built during a span of well over 1,000 years, they stand as cultural and engineering marvels of staggering proportions. But many things about these monuments, including the exact methods used to construct them, remain tantalizingly obscure. Travel back in time as we investigate their evolution--from the earlier mastaba to the Step Pyramid, Bent Pyramid, and of course, the magnificent necropolis at Giza.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (5)

      • The only known figure of the ruler who built the greatest pyramid on earth is a tiny statuette of King Khufu, no more than three inches high.

      • The ancient Greek historian Herodotus reported incorrectly that the Great Pyramid was built by shifts fo 100,000 slaves, and than King Khufu forced his daughter into prostitution to pay for the massive project.

      • Taken together, the three pyramids built by King Sneferu contain a volume of stone almost a million cubic meters greater than the Great Pyramid.

      • The designer of the Step Pyramid, Imhotep, was so revered that in later centuries he was worshipped as a god.

      • The Great Pyramid of Giza did not remain the tallest structure in the world until completion of the Eiffel Tower in 1889. It was actually surpassed in height by a number of buildings beginning in 1300. See Wikipedia for more info.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Egypt's pyramids, the greatest of these monuments was the tallest structure on Earth for over 4,000 years. They contain gigantic stone blocks weighing up to 70 tons, yet they were made by a society that didn't even possess the wheel. Now: Egyptian Pyramids, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Dr. Lawrence Berman
        Curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

        Gerry D. Scott III
        American Research Center in Egypt

        Dr. Zahi Hawass
        Director, Giza Pyramids Excavation

        Dr. Faroul El-Baz
        Geologist/Egyptologist, Boston University

        Matthais Muller
        Egyptologist, University of Gottingen

        Martin Isler
        Author, "Sticks, Stones and Shadows"

        Dr. Mansour Boraik
        Chief Inspector of the Giza Pyramids

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Lee Fulkerson
        Producer: Lee Fulkerson
        Associate Producer: Tamara Phillips
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Editor: Brian Johnson
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Lauren Levine
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Field Producer: Doug Miller
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Assistant Accountant: Dennis Luciani
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Melanie Pipes
        Voice over Coordinator: Melanie Pipes
        Assistant Editor: Taylor Greathead
        Assistant Editor: Alison Tusan
        Post Coordinator: Laura Steinhoff
        Post Assistant: Alexander Rubinow
        Camera: Ayman Atef
        Camera: Tony Flanagan
        Camera: Eric Santiago
        Field Audio: James Fair
        Field Audio: Rob Maerz
        Field Audio: Abdel Hakim Soliman
        Production Manager-Egypt: Hisham Gohar
        Online Editor: Chuck Crews
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Glenn Takakjian
        Historical Consultant: Dr. Lawrence Berman

        Special Thanks:
        Lizabeth Dion
        Egyptian Tourist Authority
        Karim Ek
        Glenn Kirschbaum
        Dr. Peter Der Manuelian
        Doug Miller
        Liz Soriano

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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