This DVD comprises four programs made in conjunction with special exhibitions on art and cultures of ancient Egypt and Greece. Location footage includes the Great Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, and Deir el-Bahari in Egypt as well as several major Greek archaeological monuments including the Parthenon.
The Ancient Egyptian and Greek Art DVD compilation includes the following titles, which are also available as individual films on VHS:
- Of Time, Tombs, and Treasures: Treasures of Tutankhamun
This film tells the story of the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 by archaeologist Howard Carter and reveals its fabulous treasure—jewelry, furniture, figurines, and a stunning gold burial mask.
- The Quest for Immortality in Ancient Egypt
This film chronicles funeral practices of the New Kingdom (1550–1069 B.C.E.) through the Late Period (664–322 B.C.E.) from mummification and burial to the afterworld. This documentary includes original footage of Egyptian tombs and temples, as well as sumptuous photographs detailing gilded coffins, painted sarcophagi, jewelry, and other funerary objects. The program includes interviews with leading Egyptologists, who help unravel the complexities of ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife.
- The Quest for Immortality
This short film illustrates ancient Egyptian practices based on the culture's beliefs in the journey from death to immortality. Produced in conjunction with the exhibiton The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt, the film includes location footage of the pyramids at Giza and tombs in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Selected objects from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Luxor Museum, and the sites of Tanis and Deir el-Bahari are also featured.
- The Measure of All Things
This film examines the evolution of Greek architecture, sculpture, and vase painting during the fifth century BCE, when a newly invented political system—democracy—encouraged unprecedented creative freedom. Includes dramatic footage of major archaeological sites in Greece.
All programs are closed captioned.