Egypt’s Underworld

Exclusive archaeology takes us on a journey into the Egyptian underworld – opening a new window into the little known world of death in ancient Egypt. To the ancient Egyptians, life after death was a highstakes underworld journey fraught with terrifying obstacles: fiery lakes of death, battles with bona fide monsters and ultimately eternal death or resurrection with the sun. It’s a journey each Egyptian believed was real, and for the pharaoh the stakes were even higher – the entire cosmos depended on the king’s successful journey and resurrection.

Now, new excavations are revealing more than we’ve ever known about what the Egyptians knew they’d encounter on their afterlife journey. And we’re finding that the king’s tomb wasn’t just a place to keep his mummified corpse. The royal tomb was nothing less than a machine constructed to guarantee the king’s resurrection and eternal life. In Egypt Underworld, we follow one of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaohs – Seti I – on his journey through the afterlife.


Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2008

Episode: 1 of 1


 

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