Egypt: of Pharaohs and Fables

Egypt: of Pharaohs and Fables
80 minutes
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A robed horseman leads his camels across the desert sand, framed by the great pyramids of Giza, beginning 5,000 years of human history in Egypt: of Pharaohs and Fables.

As the rising sun slowly rolls up the side of a pyramid to its apex, we see images—of Pharaohs. The seven greatest Pharaohs in history; Zozer, Cheops, Chephren, Hatshetsup, Ankenaten, Tutenkhamon and Ramses II.

Pyramids of GizaIn Cairo, the Egyptian Museum reveals its ancient artifacts, statues, human and animal mummies as well as King Tut's treasures. Today's Cairo means life on the modern streets, traditional markets, the Citadel, Muslim cemeteries, mausoleums, minarets and joining Muslims for prayer inside a mosque.

In Memphis, the first city of united upper and lower Egypt is the ancient god Ptah's temple, and giant beds of stone where animals were mummified and buried with all the pomp accorded a Pharaoh.

The great stepped pyramid—the oldest stone structure on earth sits on the Succara Plain. Also here are underground tombs, including the resting places of the sacred Apis bull gods.

At Giza are the most famous of all the pyramids, and the Great Sphinx. We go inside Chephren's pyramid.

At a Pharaonic village, ancient days are authentically re-enacted showing farming, boat-building, fishing and papyrus-making.

A train ride to Aswan, travels through tiny villages along the Nile to experience its markets, seafront and famous Old Cataract Hotel with authentic belly-dancing.

FalucaA Nubian friend takes us to his village, the Aswan High Dam, the unfinished obelisk, a felucca ride around Elephantine Island and the Temple of Phial, home of the Egyptian goddess Isis.

The giant colossi of Abu Simbal introduce the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertiri.

A cruise down the Nile stops at the temples of Kom Oombo with its mummified crocodiles and Edfu, great temple of the hawk-god Horus.

The temples of Karnak and Luxor were the sites of the ancient festival of Opet. We explore Luxor today with its exotic markets and streets at night and return to Karnak to view mysterious temples and watch craftsmen make alabaster treasures.

In the Valley of the Kings, we visit the mortuary temples of Hatshetsup and Ramses II and the eternal resting places of Pharaohs. We also relive the discovery of King Tutenkhamon's treasures in 1922, and meet a boy who helped with the excavation an old manCamel train.

A 300-mile desert trip to the Oases of Kharga and Dhakla goes past the great sand sea, isolated desert villages and ancient petroglyphs.

Dendera, the temple of the goddess Hathor and Abydos, the mortuary Temple of Seti I, and legendary city of Tel El Amarna, the city of Akhenaten, the first Pharaoh in history to believe in one god.

At the Fayoum Oasis, the struggle for sustenance by its people, the beauty of the land, brick-making, farming, and city life continues.

In Alexandria, the town created by Alexander the Great, are underground catacombs, but first we tour this resort city's harbors and Roman ruins.

On a deserted beach, we recall the monumental battle of El Alemaine in World War II, view tanks and armaments still here, and visit the cemeteries of those who gave their lives in that historic battle.

At the Suez Canal, giant tankers glide past to the Sinai Peninsula, home to MinaretChristian and Judean history, and the Bedouin, living in tents, keeping their camels and their ancient customs.

Our goal: Sunrise at Mt. Sinai, where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, and the 5th-Century monastery of St. Catherine, where Greek monks guard the sacred burning bush of the bible.

Our return to Cairo takes us to its fascinating camel market, and the celebration of a modern Egyptian Muslim wedding.

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