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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....

Top reviews

May 27, 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 24, 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 Elizabeth S C

May 2, 2020

Excellent information. I have really enjoyed this course.

By Laura G M

Feb 3, 2020

Fascinating and easey to follow. Great lecturer. Loved it

By nofar p

Mar 22, 2021

קורס מעניין מאד!!! ממש מומלץ, למדתי מלא מלא דברים חדשים!

By Güneş E

Sep 11, 2017

It was quite good for an introduction course, thank you.

By Magdalena A

Aug 25, 2020

Amazing course which gives a lot of useful information.

By Daniel P M

Feb 11, 2018

Amazing course, it´s really amazing how he explains it.

By Ar.Muktheeshwar E

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By michael r

Aug 10, 2020

It was a awesome course. I love the Egyptian culture

By pruek p

Apr 9, 2020

Excellent in both teaching and information provided

By Anupa A D

Mar 20, 2021

The couse was really fun and informative, loved it

By Lana G

May 19, 2020

Loved it. Great beginner course for ancient Egypt!

By Meguid E N

Apr 11, 2020

Excellent course and excellent organiser/lecturer!

By Katie S

Apr 29, 2018

Can't wait for the Wonders follow up to get going.

By Julia B

Apr 18, 2018

Very informative, and easy for beginners to grasp!

By Robert D D S

Mar 5, 2021

Fantástico, excelente curso...Congratulaciones...

By Vanessa H

Jun 15, 2020

I enjoy this course, Wish it was a little longer,

By Carlos A G P

May 6, 2020

Excellent course if you are into Ancient Egypt...


Dec 20, 2017

Very great course. I learned too much. Thank you.

By Ruslan K

Oct 20, 2017

It was an unforgettable weekend with this course!

By Daisy N

Jun 14, 2020

Very informative, I recommend taking this course

By Linda M R

Mar 20, 2017

would love to see a continuation of this course,

By Wyatt N

Jun 6, 2020

Very Nice and Informative! Very good professor!

By Fraser G

Oct 3, 2017

Fantastic introduction course, I learned a lot.