Ancient Egypt By Train is a unique travelogue that sees Professor Alice Roberts looking into the world’s oldest civilisation.
And she’s doing it by train. This four-part series starts at the very end of the Ancient Egyptian empire in Alexandria, where the Romans came to take control, and travels back in time, heading south, to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. Roberts digs deep to look beyond the myths and legends to understand what it must have been like to have lived in this fascinating, brutal and complex ancient civilisation.
Series One, Episode Four: The Temples
In Upper Egypt, Professor Alice Roberts completes her epic adventure in the city of Aswan whose quarries provided the granite for the country’s vast collection of Ancient Egyptian monuments. The towns along the railway line from Luxor to Aswan each have their very own Ancient Egyptian temple, ‘strung out, like pearls on a string’. Alice finishes up taking a boat to see the extraordinary Philae Temple that was rebuilt in the 1970s due to flooding caused by the Aswan dam.
Ancient Egypt By Train – Final Episode/Sunday, 5 March at 7.30pm on SBS and SBS on Demand (4 Parts)