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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 Jorge A A E

Dec 7, 2016

Excellent course and very easy to follow.

By Maria M

Jan 2, 2021

Excellent introduction to ancient Egypt.

By missy D

Oct 8, 2020

Good course if you are new to this topic

By Samarth S

Aug 24, 2020

i loved it. a very informative course!!!

By Jennifer C

Mar 2, 2018

It was amazing course. Thank you so much

By Mohamed A E

Apr 8, 2020

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

By Alex B

Aug 22, 2017

Very interesting and easy-going course!

By Whitney G

Aug 27, 2022

Great information and level of detail!

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 2, 2017

Outstanding Course. Highly recommended


Dec 3, 2016

Great introduction, easy to understand

By Jesseca m

Jun 1, 2020

This was really great and informative

By fredrick v

Aug 16, 2017

Very interesting, makes we want more!

By Andrés R

Aug 1, 2017

¡Muy interesante, práctico y conciso!

By Khamil K

Apr 25, 2021

Amazing course! Thank you Professor!


Feb 25, 2021

Interesting course with many visuals

By Kristen T

May 16, 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 5, 2017

brilliant for wanna be egyptologists

By Kimberly S

May 29, 2017

I LOVED this course! So interesting!

By Juan P G

Jan 9, 2023

Excellent course and great teacher!

By Shadid Y G B

Aug 26, 2019

Excelente y muy completo curso para

By Svetlana

Dec 12, 2016

Thank you! Very interesting course.