Series 1 Episode 3
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In the final programme in the series, a mummy in the Manchester Museum is the focus of study, revealing the forgotten links between an Egyptian water lily, the afterlife, and sex in Ancient Egypt towards the end of the New Kingdom.

New evidence has been uncovered to suggest that the blue lotus, appearing in many scenes in the Pharaohs' tombs, is much more than picturesque symbolism. Experts have come to the startling conclusion that the lotus had Viagra like properties and was used as a sexual stimulant.

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    1. Sex. Death and the Lotus Episode 3

      In the final programme in the series, a mummy in the Manchester Museum is the focus of study, revealing the forgotten…

    2. The Lost City of the Pyramids Episode 2

      The second programme in this distinguished series addresses arguably the most debated mystery surrounding the Ancient…

    3. The Fall of the House of Tutankhamun Episode 1

      The first mystery to be examined is why the family of the boy king Tutankhamun, the famous 18th Dynasty, came to an…

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In this three part ground-breaking series, scientific and forensic tests reveal the truth behind the great civilisation of Ancient Egypt