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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 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 Lindsay A

Sep 2, 2022

I really enjoyed this course. It was very informative and very intersting.

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

Very 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 Vee R

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!!