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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 Yasser A M V

Feb 12, 2022

Excellent introductory course on Egyptian civilization.

By Magdalena A

Aug 25, 2020

Amazing course which gives a lot of useful information.

By Daniel P M

Feb 11, 2018

Amazing course, it´s really amazing how he explains it.

By Safa R

Oct 5, 2022

Excellent videos, questions, and overal presentation!

By Ar.Muktheeshwar E

Sep 2, 2020


By Evarolia

Aug 24, 2022

The introductory piques my interest in ancient Egypt!

By Julio R

Apr 5, 2019


By Tara D

Jan 27, 2022

It was a great course I learned a lot from taking it

By Michael R

Aug 10, 2020

It was a awesome course. I love the Egyptian culture

By pruek p

Apr 9, 2020

Excellent in both teaching and information provided

By antman2015_ 6

Dec 19, 2021

Great introduction to Egyptian history background!

By Anupa A D

Mar 20, 2021

The couse was really fun and informative, loved it

By Lana G

May 19, 2020

Loved it. Great beginner course for ancient Egypt!

By Meguid E N

Apr 11, 2020

Excellent course and excellent organiser/lecturer!

By Katie S

Apr 29, 2018

Can't wait for the Wonders follow up to get going.

By Julia B

Apr 18, 2018

Very informative, and easy for beginners to grasp!

By Razele H

Mar 30, 2022

I enjoyed this course and I learnd a lot from it.

By Robert D D S

Mar 5, 2021

Fantástico, excelente curso...Congratulaciones...

By Vanessa H

Jun 15, 2020

I enjoy this course, Wish it was a little longer,

By Carlos A G P

May 6, 2020

Excellent course if you are into Ancient Egypt...


Dec 20, 2017

Very great course. I learned too much. Thank you.

By Ruslan K

Oct 20, 2017

It was an unforgettable weekend with this course!

By Daisy N

Jun 14, 2020

Very informative, I recommend taking this course

By Linda M R

Mar 20, 2017

would love to see a continuation of this course,

By Wyatt N

Jun 6, 2020

Very Nice and Informative! Very good professor!