History Channel’s recently released box set, The Ancient Egypt Anthology is more excellent material both for history buffs and history teachers at every level. This new six disc set contains the network’s previously released specials in one complete box. It opens with the double disc set, Planet Egypt before expanding a little more in the set’s next pair of discs featuring the special, Beyond The Pyramids. Next up is the single disc presentation of Engineering An Empire. The entire set closes out with a compilation of other specials on Egypt on the set’s sixth disc. At an estimated price of $50.00, the six discs included in this make the price well worth the purchase.
The set opens with the double disc set, Planet Egypt. This presentation was released earlier this year in its own double disc presentation. Fittingly, it opens this new complete box set, too. Planet Egypt tells the story of Egypt from its earliest days through the rise of its most influential and important pharaohs. It tells of the military might and political power of each pharaoh including the one and only Pharaoh Hatshepsut. It also discusses how the pyramids come to be as a result of each leader. From the discussion on the pyramids, The Ancient Egypt Anthology moves into an even more in depth discussion of them by going Beyond The Pyramids. Beyond The Pyramids takes viewers even deeper into a study of the pyramids. It explains to viewers how the pyramids were built and why each was built with its given internal structure. Along with that, it also helps to highlight what made the pyramids so important as it compares the lives of the Pharaohs to that of the ordinary Egyptian during the time of the Pharaohs. This comparison works with the discussion on the pyramids construction and cultural significance to make for a fitting continuation of what was started with Planet Egypt.
The fifth disc in the new Ancient Egypt Anthology is a good finishing touch to this set. Having already discussed the construction of the pyramids, the Ancient Egypt Anthology goes into even deeper depth with a more broad discussion on how engineering helped not only bring the pyramids to their heights, but also Egyptian society as a whole. This segment starts off with a discussion on the annual flooding of the Nile River Valley, and its impact on life in the region. It proceeds to discuss how given rulers used their own engineering methods to help build and maintain Egyptian society through its most important times. It makes for a nice final piece in the set. But it isn’t all. As an added bonus, the Ancient Egypt Anthology offers viewers a sixth disc in which topics such as medicine in early Egypt, and more material about the pyramids and a pair of Egypt’s most famed Pharaohs. It makes for a nice extra touch on a set that already will impress any history buff and history teacher. Anyone who has any interest in the history of Egypt will enjoy this and the set’s other five discs, too. The Ancient Egypt Anthology is available now. It can be ordered online at http://shop.history.com.
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