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Sensationalist but somewhat informative
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2014
This is a useful introduction to the general outline of ancient Egyptian history, but as Challenger’s review notes, it’s unbalanced. (I exclude the three lectures on human mummification, which I skipped, though the one on animal mummies provided some insight.) There’s little mention of Egypt’s relations with the rest of the world, except when it impinges on Egypt via marriage or invasion. The only mention of the Amarna letters, for instance, is about a marriage arrangement; there’s no other mention of the intricate world system of the time. The lecturer almost never even mentions dates, a real problem if you know anything at all about the rest of human history. Overall, the lecture seems to be aimed, not at a university level, but for junior high school students with a fashionable distaste for dates.