Lost Kingdoms of Africa
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Four epic journeys into ancient Africa’s art and culture
Now home to a billion people, Africa produced powerful art, stunning architecture, and vibrant cultures long before the first Europeans arrived. Join Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford as he investigates the continent’s great "forgotten" civilizations. Visit the spectacular monuments of Nubia, explore the mysterious ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and discover the art and technology of ancient Benin. See magnificent Ethiopian monasteries carved out of solid rock, and hear spellbinding stories drawn from the silent objects of the past.
This eye-opening, four-part series reaches back, long before written history, to expose realms that rivaled Egypt, buildings as inspiring as medieval cathedrals, and art that still speaks to us across the centuries. Most of all, the series casts new light on a long-neglected part of our world’s cultural heritage.
British art historian and trustee of the U.K.’s National Portrait Gallery, Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford has presented several documentaries on African culture and acted as an arts consultant for the United Nations.
- 16-page viewer’s guide includes questions to consider; stories about the mysteries of Meroë, Great Zimbabwe, and the kingdom of Benin; Ethiopia and the Rastafari movement; and much more.
- Biographies of prominent precolonial Africans
- Profiles of Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria today
- SDH subtitles
Biographies of prominent precolonial Africans
Profiles of Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Nigeria today
Top Customer Reviews
With SUBTITLES, family friendly, aimed at older youth through adult. Highly informative without getting too far over anyone's head. That's typical of highly entertaining, educational DVDs from Athena, dedicated to that purpose. 4 episodes average 54 minutes in length, originally BBC aired in 2009.
1 NUBIA--now Sudan, below Egypt, a desert wasteland or spectacular civilization? More pyramids than in Egypt. History includes 7000-year-old rock gongs; 5-6000-year-old cattle drawings on rock; a time when the Sahara was green. Nile town Kerma was the heart of Nubia. See the largest man-made structure in Africa; pottery; burials (30000 including human sacrifices.) Egyptian invasion/conquest was followed by a century of Nubian duel rule. A cattle-based people.
2 ETHIOPIA--Land of Biblical Solomon & the Queen of Sheba? 1974 was this kingdoms end. What of the 950 BC beginning? See 1st and only black owner castle, a connection to Solomon? Holy honey found in another place. Also visuals of religious buildings of Debro Damo & Labibela, & the Ethiopian emperor burial stones (stelai) from 2000 years ago.
3 GREAT ZIMBABWE--Southern Africa land of gold, the ancient history of the Swahili Coast, Rhapta (ancient trade center.Read more ›
For those who have already purchase this DVD, series 2 will soon be available for purchase. Series 2 covers four parts:
1.The Kingdom of Asante
2.The Zulu Kingdom
3.The Berber Kingdom of Morocco
4.Bunyoro & Buganda
I would highly recommend this to any educator wanting to get a very light coverage of sub saharan precolonial Africa. The series and narrator touches on big picture topics of history and archaeology of the region from Sudan to Benin.
My only wish is that more of this material is produced and incorporated into mainstream high school/college history texts. In addition, I'd love to see more of this alongside the traditional pantheon of documentary series such as those covering ancient Egypt and European cultures.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I managed to get through Nubia and half of Ethiopia before I had to call it quits on this DVD. In general it looks well-researched, it's well-filmed, and it would be a lot more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by farington
An engaging and easy to follow recounting of the ancient histories of several ancient African kingdoms - makes you want to visit in person!Published 6 months ago by Helen Rafferty
Not bad but I think he could've been better. The narration and the actual photosites was less than what I was expecting.Published 10 months ago by Leodies Jordan
This is an entertaining look at several of the ancient kingdoms of Africa. There is a book of the series,which replicates some of the material from the visual series, with... Read morePublished 12 months ago by toronto
I really enjoy the narrator's presentations of these undervalued cultures. They have contributed heavily to the modern world, and he's excellent in pointing those contributions... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr. Carmen Lanning
Highly recommend this collection. Love this series. Very informative and beautifully photographed.Published 16 months ago by LeslieRose