Forged by conquest, and ruled by intimidation and diplomacy, Egypt's New Kingdom was built by men and women of astonishing ambition. For nearly 500 years (1560 B.C. to 1080 B.C.), the pharaohs of Egypt struggled to shape science, culture, and politics of the ancient world. In the process, they would create the first great empire in history. Cities, temples, tombs, art, education, and technology - all were propelled to new heights. Through remarkably well preserved letters and personal accounts, Egypt's Golden Empire brings to life the passion and human drama of an age that would inspire countless generations to come. From Ahmose and Hatshepsut to Tutankhamen and Ramesses the Great, this series reveals with poignant clarity the hopes and dreams of the powerful pharaohs and ordinary citizens who created Egypt's Golden Empire.