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Ancient Lives: Season 1: Episode 2 -- The stories of two ordinary workers--Kenhirkhopeshef, a dedicated scribe, and Paneb, a volatile foreman--reveal how religious beliefs informed the everyday lives of the Egyptians. When Ramses III moved the royal court from Thebes to the delta, the close-knit tomb-makers' community began to split along class lines.


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Archaeologist John Romer reconstructs the life of a village in ancient Egypt.
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John Romer ... Himself - Presenter (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Peter Spry-Leverton (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Produced by
Peter Spry-Leverton .... producer (2 episodes, 1984)
Series Original Music by
Edward Wynne (1 episode, 1984)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Greenhalgh (1 episode, 1984)
Series Film Editing by
Kevin Brazier (1 episode, 1984)
Jonathan Morris (1 episode)

Bill Hopkins (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Mike Claydon .... sound (unknown episodes)
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Steve Masters .... graphics (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Peggy Morris .... production assistant (1 episode, 1984)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
"Ancient Lives" by John Romer, 11 May 2008
Author: anubis-45 from Melbourne, Australia

I have searched the internet for a copy of this excellent and informative series on DVD, but to no avail.

It was originally a book, written by John Romer, and was made into a mini-series, which was shown on ABC television here in Australia, back in 1984(?), and I had the fortunate good sense to record it at the time. Unfortunately though, my Beta tapes of this vintage are getting more and more difficult to replay.

I did however, convert "Ancient Lives" from Beta to VHS some years back, but even so, the VHS version is now also showing its age, from too many replays....

It's one of those wonderfully addictive series that you can watch again and again, and even after a couple of hundred viewings, you can still enjoy it, and occasionally, you can still glean something new, that you had previously missed.

John Romer is a hands-on Egyptologist with a cheeky smile and a quick wit, and he discusses in minute detail, his discoveries while unearthing the buried city of Deir-el-Medina.

No-one could accuse Romer of being dull in his chosen profession, as he really brings the past to life (no pun intended) with his enthusiasm and knowledge.

Each episode deals with a separate subject and insight into the daily lives of the "ordinary" men and women that worked, lived and died in the often cruel environments of Ancient Egypt.

The eight 30 minute episodes are as follows:

An Artist's Life Dreams and Rituals Temple Priests and Civil Servants The Deserted Village The Valley of the Kings The Village of the Craftsmen The Year of the Hyena Woman's Place

There are many movies and TV series that I would love to see come out again on DVD, but this would be one of the first on my particular list...

C'mon you DVD researchers and producers.....make this absolute GEM of a series available again, just so the world can review and re-review the past

The Opener of the Way is awaiting.

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