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About the Course

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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May 28, 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!


Mar 25, 2020

First online course and I loved every moment of it! It felt really refreshing to hear some old names that I used to study as a child. Well done and thanks again for the amazing opportunity!

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By Bess W

Apr 23, 2020

very informative. Dr. Silverman presents the information in a very clear and concise way.

By Krystyna S

Jun 07, 2019

Loved this course! There is loads of information, very detailed and well paced delivery.

By Brent M

May 13, 2017

Course is a great introduction to Ancient Egypt, format and outline is well thought out.

By Suzanne L

Jul 02, 2020

I loved this course. Always very interested in the rights and rituals of ancient Egypt.

By Tatiana d S T

Jun 14, 2020

o curso foi muito bom, foi o meu primeiro do coursera todas as aulas foram maravilhosas

By Karol B

May 26, 2020

Pretty nice class, not too hard, and explained many different aspects of ancient Egypt

By Philopatear A B S

Jan 18, 2020

a perfect and quick course about ancient Egypt .. very recommended as an introduction

By Monica V

Jul 19, 2020

It was very interesting, I think that is a basic course to learn about ancient egypt

By Lucy I D L R T

Jan 03, 2018

Excelente la información proporcionada de una manera muy didáctica, amena y sencilla

By Nicholas B

Apr 21, 2020

This course is thoroughly enjoyable and covers and great deal!! Highly recommended!

By Juan A G S

Apr 14, 2020

the course is simple but effective, you learn a lot in a short time and very easily

By Carla R P

Aug 14, 2020

Really interesting and it gave me a good overview of the Ancient Egypt. Thank you!

By Jen R

Feb 29, 2020

Loved doing this course. The knowledge I now have will help me teach my students.

By Deborah B

Oct 16, 2019

Amazing course! I would definitely recommend people taking this wonderful course.

By Roshan V P

Feb 20, 2018

Very Systematic structure of the course, very simplified , easily understandable.

By Mia O

Aug 01, 2017

Really enjoyed taking this course it was very fascinating but easy to understand.

By Rizwaana H

Dec 17, 2016

A great introduction - very enjoyable! Would definitely like to continue further.

By Antonina Z

Dec 12, 2016

Very nice and interesting course, to learn more about Egypt history and culture.

By Junia P

May 23, 2020

This course was amazing, it was like travelling to the Ancient Egypt. Thank you!

By Sven S

Nov 16, 2016

Very interesting course. Handles many aspects of ancient Egypt. Enjoyed it a lot

By Sanjana S M

Oct 08, 2020

Excellent Course I really found it interesting and history is super fascinating

By Louise M E d S

Jul 15, 2020

I loved taking this course. Congratulations to the team for the excellent work.

By Rhiannon P

May 02, 2020

Greatly enjoyed the course! (as did my toddler, who watched most of it as well)

By Adrean J

Dec 02, 2016

David I enjoyed the course and I will purchase my certificate later this month.


May 27, 2020

I loved it, it is very concise and a good way iniciate in the egytian history.