world of the pharaohs

5000 years ago, one of the largest and most powerful empires in history emerged along the Nile: Ancient Egypt. Temples, excavations and writings bear witness to the achievements of an unprecedented civilization. Yet to this day, Egyptian culture is also considered strange and mysterious.
The documentary series explores the world of the god-like pharaohs – and the everyday lives of their subjects. What was the secret of success that kept the advanced civilization on the Nile together for a record-breaking three millennia?

In eight episodes, international scientists set out to discover the greatest secrets and discoveries of the ancient Egyptians:

Episode 1: In the beginning was the Nile
Episode 2: Gods and Pharaohs
Episode 3: The great metropolises
Episode 4: Mummies and funerary cult
Episode 5: Pyramids and royal tombs
Episode 6: The power of women
Episode 7: War and peace
Episode 8: A long farewell


WRITER: Martin Becker, Martin Carazo Mendez, Sahar Eslah, Christian Feyerabend, Alexander Hogh, Sabine Klauser, Daniel Sich, Cornelia Stier, Martin Tönnessen     DIRECTOR: Martin Becker     CAMERA: Simon Guy Fässler, Bassem El-Kashef, Olaf Jürgens, Adnane Korchyou     EDITOR: Rafal Bujoczek, Alina Krischke, Marie Wilbers, Andreas Wüstefeld     SOUND: Moritz Herberg, Mourad Keller, Lucie Westbrock     MUSIC: Carsten Rocker     COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Annette Harlfinger (ZDFinfo), Markus Goldschmitt (ZDFinfo), Nikolas Hülbusch (ZDF Enterprises)