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Unlocking the mysteries of DAILY LIFE in ANCIENT EGYPT
How did ordinary Egyptians live in the time of the pharaohs? Renowned British Egyptologist John Romer explores the ruins of an ancient village just outside Thebes, where generations of craftsmen and artists built and decorated royal tombs. There, relics reveal the most intimate details of the people’s daily lives: their meals, their loves, their quarrels, and even their dreams.
Go inside the pharaohs’ most magnificent tombs and see astonishing art and priceless treasures. Meet the scribes, stonemasons, and high priests who presided over this city of the dead. Learn the secrets of the tomb raiders and the tricks devised to thwart them. This four-part series provides fascinating insights into a civilization now lost to the ages.
As seen on public television.
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16-page viewer’s guide with maps, The Life of a Scribe, a history of Egyptian script, The Making of Ancient Lives by John Romer, and more.
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Real-Life Indiana Joneses: Archaeologists of Ancient Egypt
One of the world’s foremost archaeologists, John Romer led the Brooklyn Museum’s expedition to excavate the tomb of Ramesses XI. Since 1979, he has served as president of the Theban Foundation, an organization for the preservation of Egyptian royal tombs.
Top Customer Reviews
This 4 episode DVD set (205 minutes plus more on Bonus) is not about the Kings and their lives; but rather, this detailed documentary is about the people who lived generations, lifetimes, in the Workers' Village. These were the scribes, the artists, the carvers, and the craftsmen and their families that decorated the royal tombs and created the antiquities that get all the attention in other Egyptian stories. These were the laborers, the common folk, like you and me.
They not only left written documentation about the rulers, the these scribes also carefully carved their own stories and way of life into the rock walls and pieces of stone around Deir el Medina, the tomb-makers' village. They left their own mark and story among the hills around the valley of the kings, and the scribe's family history is as interesting, or in some ways with more relatedness, than that of Pharaohs, Queens, and their gold plated mummies.
Several royal tomb scribes, beginning with Ramose (1275 to 1241 BCE)provide enough data to follow them through their lives and discover how they lived, how they felt, what they admired, what they dreamed and who they loved. They left behind personal family correspondence, with historic footnotes. It's a textbook via DVD on the ANCIENT LIVES of these common workers, but extraordinary artists.Read more ›
John Romer is an excellent guide, as he takes you into the Cairo Museum to view the artifacts there. Food, utensils and tools that they used to garden and eat with.
This used to be available only on VHS tape. The cost was $250.00
I happened upon a copy at my local library and transferred it.
My VHS copy is quite worn as I have viewed these tapes many, many times.
I highly recommend this DVD. I like it so much that I'll probably buy it for myself!
John Romer is the driving force behind the series, his desire to conserve the great archeological sites in the Valley of the Kings leading him to present these Egyptians as people with rich thriving lives. Their love lives, family dramas, occupations, and so much more are explored with Romer as an expert guide. Watching Ancient Lives is like having a legitimate Egyptologist guiding you through museum exhibits, on-site hieroglyphics and tomb art, ruins, tombs, and so much more.
Part of the great charm of the series is seeing a man deeply immersed in his element and sharing his deep love for the subject matter with us as he moves through on-site explorations. We get to see Romer crawling up toppled statuary and searching through the Valley of the Kings for burial chambers that have yet to be discovered for example. Where else can you watch an Egyptologist finding himself stuck in possible tomb openings? (There are some occasional mild epithets in the series.)
Ancient Lives is generally acceptable viewing for all ages. Our children have watched the series with us and our oldest (six) finds it quite fascinating. It was much to our surprise when a scene entitled "Erotic Papyrus" in the scene index came on-screen. The graphic nature of what amounts to Egyptian pornography in the second episode is definitely outside the limits of general family viewing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Romer is, in my opinion, what most academics should be - always interesting - and it's apparent he loves his work! Read morePublished 14 days ago by Pets&Books
An excellent series, one of the best ever made. Very nice for late nights. Essential for those into ancient history.Published 8 months ago by Adam A. Wanderer
Very nice, I like John Romer he has a nice voice and a friendly manner. Well done video you will probably like this and an interesting story if you just want something... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maxwell H
All I had was VHS tapes I made from the telly back then! So nice to have this well-done series in good shape! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donald W. Honan
John Romer is perhaps one of the most intriguing and personally fascinating historians there is. He is unflinching when it came to describing the lifestyles of all peoples' rich... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Justin J.M. Higner
Spectacular history, beautifully presented. Anyone interested in Egyptian history should see this.Published 13 months ago by vmiman
Brilliant study, and full of human contact, warmth and humor.Published 14 months ago by Robin the Hammer