Season 1, Episode 2 Pharaohs of the Sun
First Aired: February 27, 2002
Part 2 of three. Recalling the New Kingdom's middle period (ca. 1390-1336 B.C.), beginning with the reign of the diplomatically inclined Amenhotep III, who realized that gold was the foundation of his golden empire and dealt with it cannily (his reign also saw the world's first "newspapers," scarabs). His son Akhenaton, who wasn't so diplomatic, was a monotheist and he forced his belief on the country.
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- Premiered: February 27, 2002
- Rating: TV-PG
- Premise: Three-part chronicle of the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1560-1080 BC), `the first empire in recorded history,' says narrator Keith David. Among its pharaohs: its founder Ahmose; Hatshepsut, the first female monarch in recorded history; the empire builder Thut… (more)