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The Nile: Egypt’s Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 4

The Nile: Egypt's Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 4 - The historian reaches the southernmost stretches of the Egyptian Nile, though her 900-mile journey is not quite over as she joins archaeologists as they extract a giant stone message board from the foundations of the temple of the crocodile god Sobek. Bettany also visits a hotel once frequented by Churchill and says farewell to her boat crew.     After reaching Egypt's border with Sudan where Rameses the Great…

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The Nile: Egypt’s Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 3

The Nile: Egypt's Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 3: Bettany visits the west bank of the Nile opposite Luxor where, for 500 years, the Ancient Egyptians buried their pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings, among them the boy-king Tutankhamun. However, the historian crosses the local hills to the Workers' Village, where generations of skilled royal tomb-builders lived.     As it turns out, they also dumped masses of domestic rubbish, which is now giving some insight into the…

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The Nile: Egypt’s Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 2

The Nile: Egypt's Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 2 - Bettany visits a vast desert catacomb where tens of thousands of mummified animals were once left as an offering, tracks down Egypt's lost emblem the Blue Lotus flower, and finishes at the stunning Dendera temple.     A hundred miles south of Cairo a stretch of the Nile was once considered Egypt's main highway, used by Cleopatra to travel the country. More than 2,000 years after her, Bettany visits…

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The Nile: Egypt’s Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 1

The Nile: Egypt's Great River with Bettany Hughes episode 1 - Bettany visits the Nile's mouth, before boarding a dahabiya, a passenger boat used on the Nile, that will take her upstream. South of Cairo she explores some tunnels under a collapsed pyramid to find the earliest hieroglyphic writing.     On board a timeless dahabiya cruise boat, the historian sets off on a 900-mile adventure up the Nile to Egypt's southern border, seeing the country as the ancient Egyptians…

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Secrets of Pompeii’s Greatest Treasures episode 2

Secrets of Pompeii's Greatest Treasures episode 2: Bettany Hughes unearths some fascinating stories from the devastated city, from its famous villas to tragic human casts. The streets and houses of Pompeii offer a mesmerising window into the life and times of the ancient Romans.     Bettany Hughes heads to the Ancient Roman City of Pompeii. Once compounded by volcanic ash, now a treasure trove of history. Almost 2,000 years on, Bettany explores the city to find remnants of the…

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