Rise of The Black Pharaohs

The Egypt of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings was an empire of indomitable might. Yet around 800 BC, the impossible happened. Kush, a subject kingdom from the south, rose up, conquered Egypt and enthroned his own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly one hundred years.

These were the mysterious Black Pharaohs of what is today Sudan, the Nubian kings, whose reign has become legendary among Africans and written off as heresy by early archaeologists who refused to believe that dark skinned Africans could have risen so high. National Geographic follows the experts to learn the real story of the Rise of the Black Pharaohs.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2014

Episode: 1 of 1


Nefertiti & The Lost Dynasty

Over 3,000 years ago, they tore ancient Egypt apart. And then they vanished….Nefertiti, the perfect one – the legendary beauty – and her husband, Akhenaten, the radical king…This revolutionary couple would shake the foundations of Egypt as they set out to reinvent a civilisation. They threw out the old government, the old capital city, and even replaced the old gods. In less than 20 years they would turn Egypt on its head, and they themselves would disappear from history. Where did they end up? The debate has been raging for decades.

Now a brand new scientific investigation is about to begin. An international team, funded by National Geographic, is bringing state of the art CT scans to the Valley of the Kings, for only the second time in history, on the hunt for this mysterious family of pharaohs…. A family most famous for the little boy believed to be Akhenaten’s son – the son who would grow up to be King Tut. Now, they are trying to put together the pieces of his Egyptian dynasty. Using non-invasive, three dimensional volumetric imagery, they conduct a pharonic forensic investigation of a kind never before undertaken – tracking 21st century clues to a mystery from 1,300 BC.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2007

Episode: 1 of 1


Lost Gospel of Judas

He’s one of the most hated men in history – the apostle who betrayed Jesus Christ. For centuries, his name has meant treachery and deceit – Judas Iscariot. Now, hidden for nearly 1700 years, an ancient Gospel emerges from the sands of Egypt. It tells a different story – one that turns the tale of Jesus Christ’s betrayal on its head. National Geographic Television explores the history, message, and global impact of perhaps the most important discovery in Biblical archaeology in sixty years, in the exclusive two-hour television event, The Lost Gospel of Judas. According to the best available sources, the Gospel’s modern story began in Middle Egypt in 1978 when a farmer found a codex containing it in a cave.

Unable to read its ancient script, he had no idea it contained a controversial Christian Gospel, one that was branded ‘heresy’ in antiquity, then lost for nearly 1700 years. The farmer sold the codex through a middleman to an antiquities dealer in Cairo. There, in the Egyptian capital, it was promptly stolen! And so began the manuscript’s decades-long journey of mischief, mayhem, and international intrigue. Rumours of its existence circulated until 2000, when it was purchased by antiquities dealer Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos. Tchacos transferred the codex to the Zurich-based Maecenas Foundation. With support from the National Geographic Society and the Waite Institute For Historical Discovery, they brought in a crack team of experts to preserve and translate the document.

Episode Length: 01:00:00

Year: 2006

Episode: 1 of 1


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