New discoveries by Egyptologists have found that women pharaohs wielded secret powers in ancient Egypt. These women pharaohs may have been the key to why Egypt was a great civilization before the birth of Greece and Rome. The names are legendary Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nefertari and Hatshepsut. All were icons of beguiling beauty and supreme power that once dominated ancient Egypt, their command rivaling that of the mightiest male rulers in history. This documentary examines their rise to power and cultural influence in ancient Egypt. From Nefertiti, who some scholars believe briefly ruled before the accession of Tutankhamun, to Hatshepsut generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, learn about the female rulers of one of the ancient world s greatest dynasties. Of course no exploration of the women who ruled Egypt would be complete without an insight into the life of the most famous Empress of them all, the legendary Cleopatra. Traditionally she has been painted as a cruel voluptuary, but through dramatic reconstruction and breathtaking footage of various Roman and Egyptian sites, Discovery tells the true story of the Egyptian Queen. Narrated by Kyra Sedgwick.