Episode 4: Egypt

Filmed on location in: Egypt, USA, Morocco and Ireland
The amazing sacred sites of ancient Egypt reveal their makers’obsession with death and the afterlife. But the recent discovery of a 4,000-year-old leather manuscript suggests that the ancient beliefs could have more to do with life than death.

From the mighty Pyramids of Giza to the shadowy tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the sacred sites of ancient Egypt are perhaps the most impressive of any ancient civilization. These amazing places show that the Egyptians were obsessed with death and the afterlife. They mummified the bodies of the deceased and supplied them with the Book of the Dead, a collection of spells that would help them on their fearsome journey through the afterlife. This episode reveals that the Egyptian obsession with death could mask an even more astonishing reality. In 2015, Egyptologist Wael Sherbiny unearthed a 4,000-year-old leather manuscript at the Cairo Museum. This remarkable discovery could change everything we thought we knew about religion in ancient Egypt.

Cast & Extras:

  • Irish Arms
  • Morocco Film Productions

Expert Contributors:

  • Dr. Wael Sherbiny – Author and Egyptologist
  • Dr. Mariam Ayad – American University of Cairo, Egypt
  • Dr. Zahi Hawass – Author and Egyptologist
  • Dr. Colleen Darnell – Egyptologist
  • Prof. Frank Rühli – University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Prof. John Darnell – Yale University, Conneticut, USA


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