Lost Army of King Cambyses

While escaping the Egyptians 2,500 years ago, the Persian King Cambyses led his army into the desert and disappeared forever. Despite efforts in the 1930s to discover what happened to him, no clues were found until 1996 when a geologist stumbled on evidence by accident. The Egyptian authorities have suppressed news of these findings until now.
Ian Denyer
Stephen Rashbrook
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AMER CorpReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Empty, Erroneous, Example of wasted time
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Too often archaeology is corrupted by the romantic notions of the researcher who shapes their perception and supports it with little if any hard evidence. This is yet another example of someone who imagines the story line and refuses to accept the data that denies the reality of his perception. The female scientist is constantly reigning in the others including the male misogynistic types prevalent in predominantly muslim countries. Example: Woman asks guide: How old are the camel bones? Guide says 100-200yrs. She asks how do you know that? Guide: "I just know".

This is a pitiful waste of time, full of British pompousness and many factual errors. Especially when the "English Patient" was credited with setting the standards for driving in sand by lowering tire pressure. A fact checking nightmare. If you have time to burn and have a blurred appreciation for fact vs fiction, by all means, enjoy the show.
5 people found this helpful
DorothyZReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Based on a long standing ancient fable, this "documentary" ...
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Based on a long standing ancient fable, this "documentary" is one big tease that gets swallowed up in the same sandstorm that took Cambyses' army. Other than hearing about the story itself there is little to no scientific evidence or any type of major result delivered. Very typical in the vein of similar programming involving finding Atlantis or Noah's Ark, without the pedigree of a National Geographic or NOVA to back it up and deliver anything truly educational or entertaining.
9 people found this helpful
HortensiaReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Little substance
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I enjoyed watching this video (I'm not going to call it a documentary), it's as good a way to waste time as any other. The researcher bases his assumptions on Herodotus and a few pieces of weapons and bones found by a geologist in Egypt. He keeps romanticizing about how great it would be if this turned out to be the lost Persian army of Cambyses. The (female) archaeologist and the archaeologist at the head of Egyptian archaeology have their doubts, but the researcher who leads this expedition can't hear them because he wants these fragments to be Persian. The result is inconclusive and needs some actual archaeology to follow up on the find.
Just MeReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Right down there with Bigfoot 'documentaries'
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There is nothing new in this documentary. If you want to watch footage of a few talking heads rehashing things you can find on the Wikipedia page of Cambyses II and watch some people fumbling around in the desert, much like the various Bigfoot hunters fumble through the forests of the Pacific Northwest, you'll enjoy it. If that isn't your thing, don't bother. I wish I hadn't.
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KafkaReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of Time
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Wishful thinking based on the barest of evidence. Absolutely zero historical value.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
An absolute waste of time
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An absolute waste of time. Lacking in any valid scientific substance or merit. Slipshod and amateur in every aspect.
12 people found this helpful
Brian WalczakReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
mostly commercials
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Interesting and informative documentary, but they but in long commercial (4min) breaks. Definitely shows Prime is trying to rip you off
RafaelReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Loved it!! The Persians are awesome!! ❤🤙
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