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Ancient Egyptian civilization lasted longer than any other on the planet. Yet, even after archaeologists deciphered their system of hieroglyphs, Egypt remains one of the most mysterious human civilizations - so extraordinary and yet so ""other"" from what we live today. With these 48 comprehensive lectures that combine the precision and care of a scientist with a novelist's feel for plot, action, and character, Professor Brier chronologically surveys the full 3,000 years of recorded ancient Egyptian history. Throughout this historical adventure, you'll discover how Egyptology has been one ongoing detective story; witness the Egyptians rise to a greatness far surpassing any other people in the Near East; examine the fabulous Dynasty XVIII, the period of Egypt's greatest wealth and most fascinating personalities; meet enigmatic kings and queens like Hatshepsut, Akhenaten, Tutankhamen, and Ramses the Great; and study the causes of ancient Egypt's eventual decline.

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Bob Brier

Robert Brier (born December 13, 1943) , also known as Mr. Mummy, is an American Egyptologist specializing in paleopathology. A Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post, he has researched and published on mummies and the mummification process and has appeared in many Discovery Civilization documentaries, primarily on ancient Egypt. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Brier earned his bachelor's degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York. From 1966 to 1970, he was on the research staff of the Institute of Parapsychology (formerly the Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man) in Durham, North Carolina, where he worked on such books as Parapsychology Today and Test Your ESP. He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 and began teaching at Long Island University in 1972. He served as chairman of the philosophy department from 1981 to 1996 and has also served as the director of the National Endowment for the Humanities' "Egyptology Today" program. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at LIU Post in 2004. In addition to his career at Long Island University, Brier has taught ancient Egyptian at The New School and Egyptology at Webb Institute for many years. Brier has conducted research in mummification practices worldwide. He has investigated well-known mummies such as Tutankhamen, Ramses the Great, Vladimir Lenin, Eva Perón (more commonly known as Evita) , and the Medici family. In 1994, Brier and a colleague, Ronald Wade, director of the State Anatomy Board of Maryland, claimed to be the first people in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using ancient Egyptian techniques. This research earned Brier the affectionate nickname "Mr. Mummy" and was also the subject of the National Geographic television special of the same name, which made him a household name. He is also the host of several television programmes for the TLC Network including The Great Egyptians, Pyramids, Mummies and Tombs, and Mummy Detective. His research has been featured in Archaeology Magazine, The New York Times, CNN, 60 Minutes and 20/20. In 1999, Brier gave a series of 48 specially-prepared lectures entitled "The History of Ancient Egypt" for The Teaching Company. He later did another series of 12 lectures for them, focusing on "Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt". Brier is a recipient of Long Island University's David Newton award for Teaching Excellence.He leads tours to Egypt for Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural trips.



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