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Civilisations episode 4 – The Eye of Faith

Civilisations episode 4 – The Eye of Faith: Professor Mary Beard broaches the controversial, sometimes dangerous, topic of religion and art. For millennia, art has inspired religion as much as religion has inspired art. Yet there are fundamental problems, which all religions share, in making god or gods visible in the human world. How, and at what cost, do you make the unseen, seen? Beneath all works of religious art there always lies conflict and risk. And the result is…

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Read more about the article Immortal Egypt episode 4 – Invasion
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Immortal Egypt episode 4 – Invasion

Immortal Egypt episode 4 - Invasion: In the final episode, Joann discovers how Egypt's enemies exploited a country weakened by internal strife, ultimately leading to its destruction.     Joann leaves Egypt and journeys south to Sudan where she finds the remarkable story of the forgotten Nubian kings. For a century, they ruled Egypt from their southern homeland, even building their own pyramids to bury their kings. Back in upper Egypt, Joann finds the next group of invaders, the Saites,…

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Read more about the article Immortal Egypt episode 3 – Zenith
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Immortal Egypt episode 3 – Zenith

Immortal Egypt episode 3 - Zenith: In the third episode, Joann explores the magnificent Colossi of Memnon, built under Egypt's greatest pharaoh - Amenhotep III.     Joann explores the dizzying heights of Egypt's civilisation and the lives of the workers and artisans caught up in Egypt's most ambitious building project: the Valley of the Kings. But this golden age is threatened by the growing power of Karnak's priests. When Amenhotep's successors Akhenaten and Nefertiti strike back at the priests…

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Read more about the article Immortal Egypt episode 2 – Chaos
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Immortal Egypt episode 2 – Chaos

Immortal Egypt episode 2 - Chaos: In the second episode, Joann explores how the Pyramid Age ended in catastrophe. In one of Saqqara's last pyramid complexes, Joann uncovers evidence of famine as the young Egyptian state suffered a worsening climate and political upheaval.      With depleted coffers, Egypt was plunged into the dark ages and civil war. With the land fractured into many small states, Joann tells the story of small-town leaders rising through the ranks. In a…

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Read more about the article Immortal Egypt episode 1 – The Road to the Pyramids
Immortal Egypt episode 1 - The Road to the Pyramids
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Immortal Egypt episode 1 – The Road to the Pyramids

Immortal Egypt episode 1: In the first episode, Professor Joann Fletcher goes in search of the building blocks of Egyptian civilisation and finds out what made ancient Egypt the incredible civilisation that it was.     Joann sees how people here changed, in just a few centuries, from primitive farmers to pyramid builders and finds the early evidence for Egypt's amazing gods and obsession with death and the afterlife.   On her search, Joann travels almost 20,000 years back in…

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