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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 André O L C

Dec 10, 2016

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

By Kiana B

Sep 19, 2022

really enjoyed it and learned a lot of information at the same time

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

By Nancy M

Dec 1, 2019

The book for the course is excellent and helps with the quizzes.

By Kelly-Anne G

May 14, 2019

Excellent course to introduce the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

By Margaret M L

Jan 10, 2021

Loved the course. I hope Dr. Silverman will offer more courses.

By Pat K

Jul 19, 2022

Well done. I especially appreciate the further reading lists.

By Mehrdad H

Oct 10, 2021

very useful course for those whom interested in Egypt history.

By BoumTAC

Apr 1, 2021

Great but it was short, I would be great to have a lot content

By Eman M

Mar 30, 2022

thank you the course whave a as very interesting and useful.

By Akhilesh S

May 14, 2018

Excellent introduction to the world of the Ancient Egyptians!

By 王清扬

Nov 29, 2016

Thank you ,professor!I really learned a by taking the lesson.

By Wolf

Nov 10, 2019

Amazing course, really fantastic! Detailed but not complex!

By Ryan K

Jun 28, 2022

really fun course! well laid out, and very well presented.

By Cristian L

Apr 26, 2021

Excelente el curso, aprendí muchísimo. Saludos desde Chile

By Leonard S

Jan 2, 2018

Interesting introduction by a very accomplished instructor

By Jose R P

Aug 15, 2017

Amazing intro about Ancient Egypt !! I want to learn more

By Elizabeth S

May 2, 2020

Excellent information. I have really enjoyed this course.

By Laura G M

Feb 3, 2020

Fascinating and easey to follow. Great lecturer. Loved it

By nofar p

Mar 22, 2021

קורס מעניין מאד!!! ממש מומלץ, למדתי מלא מלא דברים חדשים!