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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 Sanjana S M

Oct 8, 2020

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

By Louise M E d S

Jul 14, 2020

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

By Rhiannon P

May 2, 2020

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

By Adrean J

Dec 2, 2016

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


May 26, 2020

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

By Melissa S

Sep 22, 2019

Interesting course- I learned a lot. The lab video was especially interesting!

By Gavin O

Jul 13, 2017

A very enjoyable and concise course delivered in manageable bite sized chunks.

By Gregg H

Nov 30, 2016

Interesting narrative with great video, the recommended book was very helpful.

By Peter I L

Sep 7, 2021

Excellent coure but way to short. PLEASE make this a specialization course!!!

By Lara B

Jun 8, 2017

I enjoyed the course very much. It was a great introduction to ancient Egypt

By Abdalla S

Dec 8, 2016

Precise and straight-to-the-point! I'd love to study in more advanced course.

By eliza s

Mar 30, 2020

Very interesting and learned a lot that I had not known about ancient Egypt.

By Angelina W

Jan 3, 2017

Lectures are very short, but there are many. Very informative despite this.

By Edith M

Jul 10, 2021

I recommend the course as a beginner for amateurs interested in Egyptology.

By Nelly M C C

Mar 18, 2018

An excellent way to introduce oneself to the wonders of Egypt, its history.

By Debra T

Nov 14, 2016

An fantastic course with plenty of informative information that is current.

By Aditya R

May 10, 2020

Superb course! Those interested in history and its specifics must take it.

By Peta O (

Apr 9, 2019

Thank you 🙏

Most enjoyable course, well presented and the material was A1.

By Noureldin M E

Nov 10, 2016

I have enjoyed this interesting course about my beloved country, thank you

By Ricard A

Jun 28, 2021

V​ery clear and concise introduction to the Ancient Egyptian civilization

By Rachael B

May 21, 2020

Very informative. Thoroughly enjoyed it and all the clips from the museum

By Guido D

May 2, 2020

Great, introductory and well developed course, grateful to have taken it!

By Vanessa S

Apr 5, 2020

I liked that the lectures were divided and organized into specific areas.

By John E

Sep 8, 2020

Very well presented, easy to follow and I found the material interesting

By Miguel M B

Nov 15, 2016

Curso ameno y bastante completo, excelentes vídeos y mejor bibliografía.