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The Story of the Ancient WorldThe Story of the Ancient World

The Story of the Ancient World

The Story of the Ancient World

The Story of the Ancient World This new collector’s edition from BBC History Magazine explores the real story of ancient cultures, from pharaohs and emperors to the experiences of ordinary people. Travelling across centuries from Egypt, Greece and Rome to China and Persia, you will learn about remarkable characters and their often turbulent world.. Inside you will find: ◆ Fresh insights into ancient mysteries ◆ Expert accounts of the major events ◆ Striking images of ancient wonders ◆ Biographies of key figures, from Alexander the Great to Augustus

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“Who could fail to be fascinated by the ancient world? From the pyramids of Egypt to the great emperors of Rome, it is filled with astonishing stories, momentous achievements and people who can be both surprisingly similar and utterly different to those of today.In this special edition of BBC History Magazine, some of the world’s leading experts on ancient history will give you the lowdown on the key events and themes of the distant past. Among other things, you will discover the secrets of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the workings of Greek democracy, the private lives of the Romans and the truth behind the Maya vision of an apocalypse. Plus you will get to meet some of the most remarkable individuals to have populated this era, including Alexander…

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evolution of ancient empires

c3100 BCKing Menes rules over a newly united Egypt, joining the Upper (southern) and Lower (northern) Kingdoms at the start of what is now termed the Early Dynastic Period. Menes is credited with founding the capital at Memphis, 15 miles south of the modern city of Cairo.c1550 BCThe Theban rulers of Egypt’s 17th Dynasty drive out the Hyksos – a group of people from western Asia – from the Nile delta region, launching the so-called New Kingdom period that lasted till c1070 BC. This new dynasty of pharaohs are buried in deep, rock-cut tombs in the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile opposite their capital, Thebes (modern-day Luxor).c2686 BCThe period known as the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt begins with the founding of the Third…

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revelations in the valley of the kings

Even with its hordes of tourists, the Valley of the Kings still retains the aura of the magical machine in which the pharaohs went to join the gods. Work continues on tombs, and discoveries are made all the time, yet at various stages during the 20th century archaeologists believed that the valley’s treasures had all been found.In 1932 Howard Carter completed his decade of work on Tutankhamun’s tomb. Excavations had been ongoing in the valley since the Paduan explorer Giovanni Belzoni found the tombs of kings Ay, Ramesses I and Sethy I (late 14th and early 13th centuries BC) in 1816–17, thus adding to the dozen or so sepulchres that had lain open since antiquity. On his return to Europe, Belzoni had declared that, in his “firm opinion… there are…

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the valley of the kings

FACT FILEWhere is it?Across the Nile from the city of Luxor in east-central Egypt, 300 miles south of CairoWhat is it?A desert valley lined with burial chambers – some 25 tombs of kings of Egypt and another 40 tombs of nobles and members of the royal family. Those of the kings are usually richly decorated with religious scenes and texts.When was it used?During the Egyptian New Kingdom, between about 1500 and 1070 BC.Why is it important?It contains the tombs of some of the most notable individuals in Egyptian history, and gives significant clues to their careers and the religious beliefs of the time.Tut’s middle coffin is covered with sheet gold and inlaid with glassThe Valley of the Kings at dusk. The entrances to the tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramesses VI…

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tutankhamun behind the mask

A sculpture of the boy king’s head emerging from a lotus flower (BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY)Many people have gazed in awe at the golden mask of Tutankhamun, wondering at the workmanship, the material or the beauty of it. However, few think of the person who wore it for thousands of years, and even fewer know or care that he was decapitated by archaeologists so they could remove the mask and present it to the world.Perhaps if a name is added it becomes more real: “Tutankhamun was decapitated.” No, that’s still not real enough because though the name is familiar it is still from another time and world. Replace his name with one more familiar – “John was decapitated” – and suddenly it all seems more real, a name we associate with…

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sport and spoils

Tutankhamun and his wife Ankhesenamun are pictured in painted limestone in his tombA fire drill similar to that found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. The depressions were filled with kindling. The stick would be rotated in the hands or by use of a bow drill. Tutankhamun may have used his while on nocturnal jaunts into the desertA replica of a Faience necklace, inscribed with Tutankhamun’s cartouche but not as elaborate as the golden jewellery in the tomb, which was discovered at Amarna. He would have worn this necklace while at the city of Amarna, before the age of eightBows belonging to Tutankhamun. There were numerous bows and hundreds of arrows in his tomb, indicating Tutankhamun had a love of the sport and archery skills. The bows in his tomb were of varying…