Saturday, 16 March 2013

TV: Life and Death in Ancient Egypt


BBC Two is showing two-part documentary looking at Ancient Egypt. The programme, called Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings, starts on Friday 22 March at 9pm. The first episode is about the everyday lives of Egyptians who worked in the Valley of the Kings in historic times.

The BBC website says: "Egyptologist Dr Joann Fletcher goes on a fascinating journey in search of people like us – not the great Pharaohs, but the ordinary people who built and populated this incredible ancient civilization. In this first episode we explore life in Ancient Egypt; the village that was their home, how they dressed and what they ate. We discover their love poetry, their enthusiasm for interior design, use of colour, and what it was like to work in the most famous cemetery on earth, the Valley of the Kings."

In the second part, which will be shown the following week, Dr Joann Fletcher visits tombs and explores the Ancient Egyptian afterlife.

Dr Joann Fletcher is a Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and Consultant Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts. She has written several books about ancient Egypt including Egyptian Book of Living and Dying: Wisdom, Magic and Ritual; Gods and Pharaohs; Earth and the Cosmos; The Underworldand The Search For Nefertiti.

The photo at the top shows the Valley of the Kings. I took the picture when I visited Egypt on holiday.

Links and previous related posts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01538p0
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2010/10/egyptian-journey-through-afterlife.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2011/06/god-of-week-ra.html
http://www.badwitch.co.uk/2013/02/rider-haggard-and-imperial-occult-at.html
Egyptian Book of Living and Dying: Wisdom, Magic and Ritual; Gods and Pharaohs; Earth and the Cosmos; The Underworld


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badwitch said...

I usually do include pictures, and I would have included a video clip for the trailer for this programme if the BBC had provided the embedding code for one - I did look quite hard to find the code in fact.

badwitch said...

Erm, there was no video, as I pointed out. One person says I should have posted a video clip, which I do actually agree with. The next person says I shouldn't. You just can't please everyone. I do try to post photos and videos when I feel it is appropriate, if they are available, but I also try to keep my text informative.