There are many different versions of ancient Egyptian history, as written by many different archaeologists.
But which of these histories is closest to the way it really was?
Egyptologist John Romer freely admits to being the first television presenter to be filmed climbing a pyramid in sweltering heat and to wipe the sweat from his brow at the top.
It all went downhill from there.
TV, John says, is the ideal medium for Ancient Egypt, with its ability to dwell lovingly on the most delicate and intricate of objects.
So why have so many modern day archaeology programmes shifted the focus on to a vulgarised version of the ancient past, where there are clues to be found and problems to be solved, all in the space of an hour or two? Reflecting on his own early days in Egypt, when the Valley of the Kings was still a lonely and undeveloped desert wilderness, John Romer bemoans the loss of respect for the intimate everyday reality of Ancient Egyptian lives.