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Technology & Architecture In Ancient Civilizations

Egyptian Monumental Structures (#101)

Examine the amazing technologies the Egyptians employed to create the oldest tomb for Thutmose I and the temples in the Valley of Kings, including that of Hatshepshut. Witness the scale of the temple at Karnak, Ramses the Great's statues at Abu Simbel, the Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid. [27 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: Technology and architecture are two of the most enduring legacies of the ancient civilizations. With this series, explore how the pyramids were built in Egypt, the elegant temples and theatres were created in Greece, and the arches, aqueducts and avenues were engineered in Rome.

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  • Greek Designs of Beauty (#102)

    Survey the ancient Greeks' most monumental achievements, including the Palace of Knossos, the Oracle at Delphi, the Colossus of Rhodes, the stadiums and temples at Olympia, and the summit of perfection, the Parthenon of Athens. [29 minutes]

  • Roman Feats of Engineering (#103)

    The Romans were the most practical people of the Ancient Era, as evidenced by such marvels of engineering as arches, roads and aqueducts. The prosperity of the elite classes led Rome's nervous emperors to also create huge entertainment arenas to keep the masses from noticing the misery around them. [29 minutes]

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