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 Thutmosis III; the monotheist Ahkenaten; his ill-fated son Tutankhamen; and Ramesses II, Egypt's `last (more…)
First Aired: February 27, 2002
Atmospheric re-creations enhance this three-part chronicle of the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1560-1080 B.C.), "the first empire in recorded history" . Part 1 recalls the pharaohs who launched it, beginning with Ahmose, who expelled the occupying Hyksos and reunified Egypt. His successor: Hatshepsut. And her son Thutmosis III's campaigns in Nubia and the Levant resulted in "the greatest empire that had ever been conquered."