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Ancient Near East

Ancient Egypt.

Shows examples of ancient Egyptian art and architecture while briefly outlining Egypt's history. Traces the development of Egyptology and includes interviews with Egyptologists and archaeologists currently working in Egypt. 1971. 52 min.

Egypt: The Habit of Civilization. (Legacy.)

Pharonic Egypt, dating from 3100 BC, was the longest lasting of the ancient civilizations and created the state institutions on which nations are still built - bureaucratic government, organized religion and international trade. 1991. 57 min.

Heritage: Civilization and the Jews

Episode 1, A People is Born (3500 B.C. to 6th Century B. C.). Focuses on Jewish and Near East-ern life and culture from prehistory down to the sixth century B.C. Discusses the Exodus, the birth of Israel, and the Babylonian exile. 63 min. ; :1 pt. 1Episode 2, Power of the Word (6th century B.C. to 2nd Century B.C.). Explores Jewish culture and civilization from the sixth to the second century B.C. Chronicles the emergence of a Jewish identity based on ideas, not territory, and the intellectual interaction between the Jewish world and classical Greece and Rome. 60 min. ; :2 Pt.

Howard Carter and the Tomb of Tutankhamun

Documentary on the Egyptologist Howard Carter's search for and discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Produced and written by Adam Sternberg. Supplementary feature accompanying: Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. 23 min.

Iraq: The Cradle of Civilization. (Legacy.)

The beginnings of civilization in the region between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the long tradition of absolute rulers, many of whose policies have brought disaster on what was once the first "Garden of Eden." 1991. 57 min.


Host, David Macaulay with Sarah Bulle Colorful animation and live-action sequences tell the story of the planning and construction of the pyramid of Giza. Based on the author's book of the same title . c1988. 60 min.

The Greatest Pharaohs.

Four part series to examine the lives of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt using expert interviews, computer re-creations, extensive location footage and the latest archaeological and scientific evidence.Part I: Narmer & Hor-Aha: the first pharaohs -- Abydos: City of the dead -- Saqqara and the Pyramid of Djoser -- Bringer of beauty -- Kings of the Giza Pyramids. This segment covering 3000 B.C. through 2500 B.C. tells of the master pyramid builder, Imhotep, and the Kings Narmer, Snefru, Hor-Aha and Khafre (Cheops) and others.

The Treasures of Tutankhamun.

This program describes the genesis of the exhibition, Treasures of Tutankhamen, which will be seen in six major American cities, including Chicago. The discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen by Howard Carter is portrayed and many of the treasures from the tomb which are included in the exhibition are photographed. 29 min.

The Western Tradition.

Programs 1-2: Program 1. Introduction to the course; including the edifice sequence from "Why man creates" by Saul Bass. Begins historical overview at the end of the age of the giant reptiles and covers the origins of religion. (27:00) Program 2. Covers the area known as the fertile cresent, and the Egyptian civilization. Explores the role of the gods and the pharoh in the society. (27:35) Program 3. The oasis between the rivers was Mesopotamia, a land of fantastic gods and ruthless pragmatism. Discusses Mesopotamia as the source of the origins of western laws, trade and money.