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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 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 Abhimanyu R

Aug 5, 2017

brilliant for wanna be egyptologists

By Kimberly S

May 29, 2017

I LOVED this course! So interesting!

By Shadid Y G B

Aug 26, 2019

Excelente y muy completo curso para

By Svetlana

Dec 12, 2016

Thank you! Very interesting course.

By Eva S

Jun 12, 2021

Easy to understand and informative

By Elizabeth C

Oct 28, 2020

Loved it. Especially mummification

By Ксения К

Jan 9, 2020

very very very interesting course!

By Siti N L S M

Sep 9, 2019

I have so much fun in this course.

By Rizqa P W

May 4, 2020

I learned a lot from this course.

By dawn r

Apr 28, 2020

fascinating and very educational!

By Arthur Q

Dec 16, 2019

Very professional and informative

By Valentine C C

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By luce n

Aug 30, 2020

Really interesting ...Thank you!

By Mauricio E B

Jul 26, 2020

Clear, consice, very nourishing!

By Sophie V

Mar 23, 2020

Really interesting information!!

By Theo L

Apr 19, 2018

So informative and such an encou

By Daniel B

Jan 24, 2019

Great course! Very interesting!

By Amal A E I

May 5, 2018

Amazing , i really enjoyed it .


Jun 9, 2020

The course is just awesome!!!!

By Mikheil B

Oct 3, 2018

I liked this course very much!

By Adham B

Dec 5, 2016

excellent thanks for your help

By erika j

Dec 28, 2016

great class, very informative


Jul 2, 2020

A really fascinating course.

By William w

Jun 4, 2020

Great and interesting course