Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire: Season 1, Episode 3

The Last Great Pharaoh (18 Nov. 2001)

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During the reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt was the center for culture and learning in the ancient world. Egypt had reached dizzying heights, but it stood on the brink of a devastating fall.

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Nicole Douek ...
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David Holt ...
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Antonio Loprieno ...
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During the reign of Amenhotep III, Egypt was the center for culture and learning in the ancient world. Egypt had reached dizzying heights, but it stood on the brink of a devastating fall.

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This one is only about Ramses the Great.
15 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The series "Empires: Egypt's Golden Empire" is interesting. It also has great looking visuals, nice locations shooting and lots of experts on ancient Egypt. So, it is a quality show. However, as a retired history teacher, I also noticed that the academic rigor of the show was often suspect. In other words, the show never really admitted that many of their conclusions were educated guesses--theories designed to try to explain gaps in information. Again and again, this episode talked as if it was all factual--which is a problem for history of times as old as 4000 to 5000 years ago. I really wish that the show had used words like 'perhaps', 'possibly' or 'it would seem'--and had been much more truthful in the process.

This final episode of the series is only about one man--Ramses the Great. It talks a lot about his building program and efforts to create a legacy for himself. Some of this was pretty funny, such as his having his artists represent him as single-handedly defeating the Hittites. This is because the Hittites ALSO claimed victory with the same battles! However, the show ONLY talks about him--and this is a bit odd since the pharaohs would last another 1500 years or so. While the program seems to say that they were irrelevant and there was no empire, this isn't the case. Instead, it just seems like the show is a selective history--highlighting various leaders (some very relevant and some not). Because it wraps up by pretty much dismissing the rest of the dynastic history, I have to take a point off this one.


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