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Out of Egypt 1 Season 2010

Season 1
4.2 out of 5 stars (51) IMDb 8/10

Today's city dwellers may think of urban living as an improvement over the existence of our hunting and gathering ancestors. But Egyptologist Dr. Kara Cooney explains that our modern tendency to live in cities isn't the result of an inevitable march towards progress. Beginning roughly 12,000 years ago, a sudden change in human behavior determined the very nature of modern civilization. And archaeological evidence from some of the world's first cities - like Jericho in the West Bank of Palestine, Catal Huyuk in Turkey, and even early prehistoric settlements in Egypt - suggests that living in cities may bring just as many problems as it solves.

Starring:
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1. Flesh and Bone

Whether it's the finger of a Catholic saint or a mummified baboon in Egypt, humans have long treasured the physical remains of their hallowed dead. Kara Cooney examines relics all over the world to find out why we give such power to sacred flesh and bone.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 24, 2009
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2. Out of Egypt: Shape of the Gods

Pyramids are found throughout the world. They tell the story of ancient builders in search of a sacred shape. What did the pyramid mean to ancient peoples? Why did they try so long to perfect it? Why today do we still build such massive buldings?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: August 24, 2009
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3. Sins of the City

Kara Cooney finds that life in cities isn't part of an inevitable march towards progress. Living in cities may actually cause more problems than it solves. But 12,000 years ago, a change in human behavior determined the very nature of modern civilization.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 16, 2010
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4. Birth of the Devil

The devil - a symbol of all that we fear. But for the ancient Egyptians, and other early civilizations, the devil simply didn't exist. Somewhere in the course of human history, a force of pure evil began to emerge - and the devil was born.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 21, 2010
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5. Disposal of the Dead

Kara Cooney examines mummies, tombs, graves, and burials all over the world to find out how different cultures prepared their loved ones for the afterlife. What do their different practices say about our relationship with the dead - and the living?

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 30, 2010
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6. Eye for an Eye

Violent images carved on Egyptian temples. Human sacrifice at an Aztec Pyramid. Witches burned alive in Salem. The torture chambers of the Spanish Inquistion. Kara Cooney traces the dark link between religion and violence running throughout human history.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 7, 2010
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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Kara Cooney
Season year 2010
Network Discovery Channel
Producers Ramy Romany
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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A very engaging series. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like it, but the second half of the season was very good. I loved the parallels between Egypt and other cultures. I'd love to see more from Kara Cooney
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By Smiley on February 4, 2014
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This is a wonderful and informative program which goes around the world with concepts orginating in ancient Egypt. Human behavior and the evolution of that behavior is throughly studied in this program.
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My 7 year old wanted to see a video of someone walking inside a pyramid and he really enjoyed this video.
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I think this is called "Out of Egypt" because they barely spend any time in Egypt! Well, after I got over the misconception that a TV show hosted by an Egyptologist would actually be primarily about Egypt, I gave the series an honest try. First impressions were not good though. The worst episode out of all of them is placed first (Sins of the City). I don't know what her problem is, but she seems to be unnaturally biased against cities. She presents hunter gatherer communities as if they were all sunshine and roses, and never discusses the negatives of the lifestyle nor the positives of city life. Not to mention, she interviews a modern Native American tribe as an example of huntergatherers when (BY THEIR OWN ADMISSION) they only get together to practice the lifestyle a couple times a year like a glorified camping trip. That's inexcusable when their were REAL hunter-gatherer tribes in African deserts and the Amazon Rainforest that she could've tracked down. If it was too difficult for her to get authentic huntergatherers, then she should've left that short bit out of the episode. Oh well, that section is quite short, as most of the episode is her going on an on about how cities are pure evil even though tons of civilizations chose to do it. I also found it hilarious that she equates cities to the reason that many civilizations failed and went extinct. YES, because civilizations fall for no other reasons than that they have cities! It's hideously biased for a researcher to be, and very unappealing. After being turned off by that episode, I decided to give the rest of the series a chance. Oddly, the rest of them are much better!Read more ›
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Kara Cooney is covering a lot of ground here, but I think the central point of common human behaviors comes across vividly. 'Sins of the City', 'Shape of the Gods', and 'Birth of the Devil' are particularly interesting. Also, while others have criticized the lack of depth, I thought the series did a great job of parsing down the occurrences of these behaviors into something meaningful. Trying to make them more thorough would have made them more superficial; trying to give more depth wouldn't have shown the universality of the behaviors. I enjoyed the series, and Cooney makes for a dynamic and insightful host.
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This series looks back at ancient cultures starting in Egypt but traveling the world to find differences and similarities to rituals performed in ancient times. The viewer can draw his/her own conclusions as to evidence presented as much is speculative. Spectacular images and guided tours by local archeologists adds to the enjoyment. I highly recommend it if you are interested in ancient history.
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By wasmannia on March 10, 2014
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this is a great series that links Egyptian culture and way of life to other cultures of the era around the world. The presenter does a fantastic job of painting pictures of everyday life during these times and explores larger themes of human development. Overall, an excellent series!
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I loved this series. It was very interesting and compared the the Egyptians to other very old civilizations and their similarities even though they had no contact what so ever with each other. Can't wait for Season 2!
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