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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 28, 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 25, 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 Debbie T

Aug 18, 2017

Highly recommend - instructor is very wise

By Alison M S J

May 22, 2020

I learned so much this is a great course!

By Jorge A A E

Dec 07, 2016

Excellent course and very easy to follow.

By missy D

Oct 09, 2020

Good course if you are new to this topic

By Zn

Aug 24, 2020

i loved it. a very informative course!!!

By Jeniffer C B

Mar 02, 2018

It was amazing course. Thank you so much

By Mohamed A

Apr 08, 2020

It's a great i benefited a lot from it.

By Alex B

Aug 22, 2017

Very interesting and easy-going course!

By Tira V

Apr 30, 2020

Amazing teacher and an amazing course!

By Roger F

Dec 21, 2019

I enjoyed the course and learnt a lot.

By John V T

Jun 03, 2017

Outstanding Course. Highly recommended


Dec 04, 2016

Great introduction, easy to understand

By Jesseca m

Jun 01, 2020

This was really great and informative

By Fred V

Aug 16, 2017

Very interesting, makes we want more!

By Andrés R

Aug 01, 2017

¡Muy interesante, práctico y conciso!

By Kristen T

May 17, 2020

Very interesting and very enjoyable!

By Ryley H

Apr 29, 2020

Love this course. I learned so much.

By Pradeepa M M

Apr 19, 2020

Great introduction to Ancient Egypt.

By Abhimanyu R

Aug 05, 2017

brilliant for wanna be egyptologists

By Kimberly S

May 30, 2017

I LOVED this course! So interesting!

By Yan G

Aug 26, 2019

Excelente y muy completo curso para

By Svetlana

Dec 12, 2016

Thank you! Very interesting course.

By Ксения К

Jan 09, 2020

very very very interesting course!

By khalilah l m

Sep 10, 2019

I have so much fun in this course.

By Rizqa P W

May 04, 2020

I learned a lot from this course.