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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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May 28, 2018

This is indeed a great course. It is very simply put and very easy to follow up.\n\nDo join without any hesitancy if you have a genuine interest in learning about the history of ancient Egypt!


Mar 25, 2020

First online course and I loved every moment of it! It felt really refreshing to hear some old names that I used to study as a child. Well done and thanks again for the amazing opportunity!

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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 Vanessa H

Jun 15, 2020

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

By Carlos A G P

May 06, 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 06, 2020

Very Nice and Informative! Very good professor!

By Fraser G

Oct 03, 2017

Fantastic introduction course, I learned a lot.

By Diana K

Dec 01, 2016

Great and interesting course! Highly recommend!

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 Dave B

Sep 01, 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 07, 2016

I enjoyed the course, I have learnt a lot and

By Bill B

Aug 03, 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 David M a

Nov 23, 2016

Brilliant intro to a very interesting topic.

By Muhammad R R

Apr 30, 2019

Very impresive and well informative course.

By Fredricka R

Nov 23, 2016

An superb presentation of Egyptian culture.

By Jennifer D

Sep 13, 2017

A very interesting and informative course.