Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings

Series 1 - 2. Death

Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

Joann Fletcher told us last week how Kha and Merit, a Theban couple from 3,500 years ago, passed their days. This week she unravels the elaborate world of their death – more important for an ancient Egyptian, since this world was merely a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife.

The complexity and beauty of the Egyptian religious beliefs is fabulous: after your death Ma’at, the goddess of truth, weighs your heart on scales against her feather of truth. If it’s light and free, you proceed to the afterlife; if it’s heavy with sin, she tosses it to a hideous creature to be eaten – and that’s your lot.

About this programme

2/2. Part two of two. Joann Fletcher investigates the Ancient Egyptian attitude to death, revealing that to them life was just a dress rehearsal for the perfect afterlife that they were trying to reach. Joann clambers into rarely visited tombs, explores a treasure trove of long-buried objects and examines mummies to discover just why they spent a fortune preparing for death - and what they hoped to find when they got there.

Cast and crew

Cast

Presenter
Joann Fletcher

Crew

Executive Producer
Bill Locke
Executive Producer
Cassian Harrison
Producer
Caterina Turroni
Series Director
Ian A Hunt
Categories
Documentary

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