I'm halfway through the second half and I can't be bothered to waste any more time on it, especially now you've told me the 'great reveal' - the Romans dunnit, with one wooden mallet!
Like you Cogs, I snorted at their theory about how Khufu must be the sphinx because Khufu didn't have a beard and neither did the Sphinx. Brilliant deduction going on here!
And yes, Min, I too said 'earthquake' as soon as I saw the ruins.
But I must say, it was great to see, for instance, the Necropolis. I would have been quite happy if they'd just put a camera down in the middle of that and programmed it to turn on a 360 degree circle over 24 hours, with optional zooming. I would have been like a pig in shit!
But I'm coming to realise that the pyramids were not just tombs - and not just because of what we know about Neolithic burial customs.
The very word, pyramids, has 'pyr' at this root, as does pyromaniac or pyrotechnic. So it's to do with fire. My recent research and growing understanding about how the horse sacrfice developed, as a means of preventing the end of the world, is leading me to think that the pyramid was a structural metaphor for a volcano. And possibly with a previous extinction event still in the forefront of their minds, the Egyptian maithuna was a sacrificial ritual that took place in the highest part of the pyramid, under the cap made of silver, gold and bronze. The maithuna is a later (circa 3,000 BC) development of the horse sacrifice, which is as old as dirt, and it was where the king has sex with a sacred prostitute as a means of placating the sun god (Ra or Re in Egyptian) as they regarded a volcanic explosion, because of the resulting fireball, as his doing - or that of his female consort, the Eye of Hathor.