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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 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!

By Fraser G

Oct 3, 2017

Fantastic introduction course, I learned a lot.

By Diana K

Dec 1, 2016

Great and interesting course! Highly recommend!

By Gorang S

Sep 21, 2021

its very intresting i got to know many things

By Matthew M

May 13, 2020

Great course very informative and fun to learn

By Rhea J

Mar 29, 2020

Love this course! I was able to learn a lot :)

By Hiram F

Jan 12, 2017

Perfect! Really very interesting and complete!

By Reetwik M

Jul 30, 2021

I was able to understand ancient Egypt easily

By Dave B

Sep 1, 2020

Really enjoyed every aspect of this course. T

By Muna r

Jun 16, 2017

Good course with enjoyable interesting topics

By Asmaa R

Dec 7, 2016

I enjoyed the course, I have learnt a lot and

By Gabrielle C

May 9, 2022

I learned so much, this has been a pleasure.

By Bill B

Aug 3, 2020

Good presentation that was very informative.

By Басов М Ю

Jun 12, 2019

Perfect and interesting! I'll pass it again!

By Emily H

Apr 19, 2019

Enjoyed thoroughly! Thank you Dr. Silverman.

By Carlen H

Dec 28, 2017

Loved the course and leaned tons! Thank you

By Fran M

Nov 23, 2016

Brilliant intro to a very interesting topic.

By Rafi R

Apr 30, 2019

Very impresive and well informative course.

By Fredricka R

Nov 22, 2016

An superb presentation of Egyptian culture.

By Zakar A

Jan 29, 2021

thank you for these types of oppertunities

By Jennifer D

Sep 13, 2017

A very interesting and informative course.

By Debbie T

Aug 17, 2017

Highly recommend - instructor is very wise

By Marisa L K

May 19, 2022

Very informative and good practice school

By Alison M S J

May 21, 2020

I learned so much this is a great course!