About this Course
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Colossal pyramids, imposing temples, golden treasures, enigmatic hieroglyphs, powerful pharaohs, strange gods, and mysterious mummies are features of Ancient Egyptian culture that have fascinated people over the millennia. The Bible refers to its gods, rulers, and pyramids. Neighboring cultures in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean wrote about its god-like kings and its seemingly endless supply of gold. The Greeks and Romans describe aspects of Egypt's culture and history. As the 19th century began, the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt highlighted the wonders of this ancient land, and public interest soared. Not long after, Champollion deciphered Egypt's hieroglyphs and paved the way for other scholars to reveal that Egyptian texts dealt with medicine, dentistry, veterinary practices, mathematics, literature, and accounting, and many other topics. Then, early in the 20th century, Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun and its fabulous contents. Exhibitions of this treasure a few decades later resulted in the world's first blockbuster, and its revival in the 21st century has kept interest alive. Join Dr. David Silverman, Professor of Egyptology at Penn, Curator in Charge of the Egyptian Section of the Penn Museum, and curator of the Tutankhamun exhibitions on a guided tour of the mysteries and wonders of this ancient land. He has developed this online course and set it in the galleries of the world famous Penn Museum. He uses many original Egyptian artifacts to illustrate his lectures as he guides students as they make their own discovery of this fascinating culture....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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27 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Course

This module includes a discussion thread to introduce yourself, and suggested readings and resources. ...
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 2 readings
Video1 video
Reading2 readings
Suggested Course Textbook10m
Additional Readings and Resources10m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

History and Chronology

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Reading
10 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
History and Chronology Part 26m
History and Chronology Part 33m
History and Chronology Part 44m
History and Chronology Part 54m
History and Chronology Part 65m
History and Chronology Part 75m
History and Chronology Part 84m
History and Chronology Part 96m
History and Chronology Part 105m
Reading1 reading
Suggested & Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
History and Chronology Quiz20m

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1 hour to complete

The Pharaoh and Kingship

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Reading
7 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
The Pharaoh and Kingship Part 24m
The Pharaoh and Kingship Part 34m
The Pharaoh and Kingship Part 42m
The Pharaoh and Kingship Part 56m
The Pharaoh and Kingship Part 65m
The Pharaoh and Kingship Part 74m
Reading1 reading
Suggested & Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The Pharaoh and Kingship Quiz20m

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1 hour to complete

Gods and Goddesses

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Reading
11 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Gods and Goddesses Part 25m
Gods and Goddesses Part 35m
Gods and Goddesses Part 45m
Gods and Goddesses Part 54m
Gods and Goddesses Part 65m
Gods and Goddesses Part 72m
Gods and Goddesses Part 84m
Gods and Goddesses Part 92m
Gods and Goddesses Part 104m
Gods and Goddesses Part 112m
Reading1 reading
Suggested & Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Gods and Goddesses Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By SDMay 28th 2018

This is indeed a great course. It is very simply put and very easy to follow up.\n\nDo join without any hesitancy if you have a genuine interest in learning about the history of ancient Egypt!

By GPMar 21st 2018

Learned more then I could have wished for, this is the best course I have had on Ancient Egypt. Thank you Professor David P. Silverman, you made this class very interesting.

Instructor

David P. Silverman

Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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