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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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Oct 6, 2022

This was an excellent course in the history of ancient Egypt. I have always been fascinated by their culture & this course taught me many things that i was not aware of. I really enjoyed this course.


Oct 17, 2022

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to Ancient Egypt and its civilization. By taking this course, you gain a understanding of basic concepts of the Anicent Egyptian life and afterlife.

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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.

By Roshan V P

Feb 19, 2018

Very Systematic structure of the course, very simplified , easily understandable.

By Mia O

Aug 1, 2017

Really enjoyed taking this course it was very fascinating but easy to understand.

By Rizwaana H

Dec 17, 2016

A great introduction - very enjoyable! Would definitely like to continue further.

By Antonina Z

Dec 11, 2016

Very nice and interesting course, to learn more about Egypt history and culture.

By Lambert M

Jan 2, 2021

Very interesting and informative, gives a good first overview about the subject,

By Junia P

May 23, 2020

This course was amazing, it was like travelling to the Ancient Egypt. Thank you!

By Sven S

Nov 16, 2016

Very interesting course. Handles many aspects of ancient Egypt. Enjoyed it a lot

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 cassie r

Apr 30, 2022

I thought this was a very interestinf course. I learned a lot of new things!