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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 Aura M S A

Jan 14, 2020

It has a lot of interesting information and make me to be a more curious person about Egipt

By Sarah B

May 15, 2020

Great course and very informative. This was a wonderful overview of Ancient Egypt. Thanks!

By Luís M G d S A

May 11, 2020

Very good introduction to Ancient Egypt and its civilisation. I do recommend this course.

By Bess W

Apr 23, 2020

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

By Krystyna S

Jun 7, 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 2, 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 25, 2020

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

By Kaye D

Dec 19, 2021

Great overview of Ancient Egyptian history. I certainly want to visit the Penn Museum

By Philopatear A B S

Jan 18, 2020

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

By Jamie W

Dec 6, 2021

​David was a great instructor who explained everything well. Thanks for the class!!!

By jaider n f

Jun 18, 2021

otimo curso, recomendo e com certeza você vai adorar aprender sobre esta civilização

By Seksun S

Jan 31, 2021

This is a really great course for introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Civilization.

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 3, 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 Hemant S

May 2, 2021

One of the Best course. It helps a lot to know about the Ancient History of Egypt.

By Cheryl F

Apr 27, 2021

Great introductory course. Lectures are interesting and the visuals are marvelous.

By Martha S F H

Mar 5, 2021

Excellent course. Interesting, visual, and really motivating. I really enjoyed it.

By Carla R P

Aug 14, 2020

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

By Bradley L F

Feb 7, 2021

Excellent instructor! Good variety of lectures, reading assignments, and quizzes.

By Jen R

Feb 28, 2020

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

By Deborah B

Oct 15, 2019

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