Season 1, Episode 3 The Last Great Pharaoh
First Aired: February 27, 2002
The conclusion traces the life of Ramesses II, a commoner by birth who picked up the pieces following the mysterious death of King Tut and ruled from 1279 to 1212 B.C. Ramesses, an obsessive builder under whose reign learning flourished, secured his reputation at the battle of Kadesh, where the Hittites were stopped. But he didn't win the battle; he just said he did, with “the hieroglyphic equivalent of spin-doctoring,” says John Roy of Cambridge University. Keith David narrates.
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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)