EGYPT MANIA DVD: The Egyptian Museum in Cairo was officially inaugurated on 15th November 1902. As this programme explores its rooms, a long history of splendour and mystery comes back to life before our eyes. This is a place where man s great discoveries become legend, like the deeds and monuments of the great pharaohs of antiquity. The Egyptian civilisation began to develop in about 4000 BC. This was an era that started in the very dawn of history. The pharaohs were simply local princes and Egypt had not yet been unified. For 3300 years, a boy-king fulfilled the dream of every pharaoh: resting in peace amidst marvels unknown to mortals. For three generations, his treasure has inspired the world. This is the treasure of Tutankhamen. It is just one of the countless marvels conserved in the most majestic temple of Egyptian art: The Egyptian Museum in Cairo. This programme takes you on a tour of the statues, manuscripts, paintings, and other treasures held in the museum. LITTLE BOOK OF ANCIENT EGYPT: In the summer of 1972, TV news featured huge crowds queuing patiently on the pavements outside the British Museum to see the Tutankhamun Exhibition. So great was the clamour to see the exhibition that it had to be extended from the planned six months to nine months to accommodate total visitors of almost 1.7 million. But the world s interest in Ancient Egypt long pre-dates the discovery of Tutankhamun s tomb. Egypt s hot, dry climate has preserved almost perfectly the evidence of an ancient civilisation: the pyramids, massive stone statues and tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Most Egyptologists agree that simple antiquity is a major part of Ancient Egypt s appeal. There is a mysterious nature to anything that is thousands of years old and mystery intrigues us all. In this very accessible introduction, we ll explore those mysteries, providing details of the ancient civilisation s temples, tombs, kings and culture. And we won t forget the myths and mysteries surrounding the death of the boy king Tutankhamun, dead at the age of just 19. Did he inherit a genetic condition from his father, Akhenaten, did he die of malaria or, most intriguing of all, was he murdered?