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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 Jim C

Nov 13, 2022

Excellent overview.

By Kingsley O

Nov 26, 2020

it is extraordinary

By Christopher a

Dec 11, 2017

Brilliant thank you

By Carlos M G

Oct 3, 2018

Excellent teacher.

By Anna

Mar 10, 2020

Excellent course!

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By Marcela R V

Mar 12, 2019

Excellent course.

By Pere R A

Jun 18, 2020

Very interesting

By Pratikkumar D

Jun 17, 2020

Excellent course

By Kartik K

May 3, 2020

Excellent course

By Carla G

Sep 6, 2018

Very informative

By Olga L P

Aug 9, 2020

Was really good

By Verónica M d C L

Jul 19, 2020

great course!!!

By Amanda C

Jun 24, 2020

Amazing course!

By Davor B

Apr 21, 2020

Exellent course

By Captain H

Aug 17, 2018

Wonderful intro

By Ant W

Sep 12, 2017

Amazing course!

By Grace

May 8, 2017

A great course!

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Apr 19, 2020


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Jun 18, 2021

very helpfull

By Milena

Aug 10, 2020

Great course!

By Victoria M

Feb 3, 2020

Ancient Egypt

By Cristina P

Nov 30, 2017

Great Course!

By Claudette D

Apr 23, 2017