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- Di 13 maart 2018
- 21:00 tot 22:00
- BBC Four
Joann Fletcher explains how ancient Egypt's extraordinary story fits together. Joann explores how the Pyramid Age ended in catastrophe.
In one of Saqqara's last pyramid complexes, Joann uncovers evidence of famine as the young Egyptian state suffered a worsening climate and political upheaval. With depleted coffers, Egypt was plunged into the dark ages and civil war.
Joann tells the story of small-town leaders rising through the ranks. In a little-known tomb in Thebes, Joann uncovers stories of warriors who fought in the bloody battle which eventually would mark the reunification of Egypt.
This burial represents the world's first recorded war cemetery and the rise of Thebes. Joann reveals how settlers known as the Hyksos tried to infiltrate the government and take the throne.
But their rule was short-lived as they were ousted by southern rulers who laid the groundwork for Egypt's largest empire.