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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 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.

By Lorraine M

Jun 19, 2020

This course was very informative and I learnt a lot of new information.

By Kristen D

May 21, 2020

Great class, I have a huge understanding for the basics now- thank you!

By sandra s

Jan 22, 2021

I really enjoyed the course. Thank you so much for a great experience.

By lizliu

Jun 23, 2020

great class for people who are interested in Egyptian culture and gods

By Angela H

Dec 3, 2019

It was great and easy to understand. I definitely learned something.

By Rebecca K

Feb 20, 2018

Very informative and further elaborates on topics of only heard about.

By Faizan A K

Jul 16, 2019

This is my first course from coursera and it turned out to excellent.

By deborah m a d

Jan 5, 2021

great ! I hope you have more courses on that subject in the future !

By louis f d m p s

May 31, 2020

magnificent and serious introduction to the history of ancient egypt

By Marce

Sep 15, 2017

It is a very nice and useful course, I've learned a lot, thank you!!

By André O L C

Dec 10, 2016

I liked so much!! Thank you Dr. Silvermann. It's was amazing course.

By Sheryl R D

Jul 13, 2020

I love taking this class. A lot of wonderful information.

Thank you!

By Jose A M

Jan 5, 2018

Fantastic course that provides a great general overview of Ancient

By Andrej S

Dec 21, 2018

Great. Need to do this a few times to catch up with everything...

By David W

Jan 5, 2017

Fascinating survey course of Egyptian life, death, and folk-lore.

By Christopher M

May 12, 2020

fantastic really enjoyed this interesting and informative course