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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 dawn r

Apr 28, 2020

fascinating and very educational!

By Arthur Q

Dec 17, 2019

Very professional and informative

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By luce n

Aug 30, 2020

Really interesting ...Thank you!

By Mauricio E B

Jul 26, 2020

Clear, consice, very nourishing!

By Sophie V

Mar 23, 2020

Really interesting information!!

By Theo L

Apr 19, 2018

So informative and such an encou

By Daniel B

Jan 25, 2019

Great course! Very interesting!

By Amal A E I

May 05, 2018

Amazing , i really enjoyed it .


Jun 09, 2020

The course is just awesome!!!!

By Mikheil B

Oct 03, 2018

I liked this course very much!

By Adham B

Dec 05, 2016

excellent thanks for your help

By erika j

Dec 29, 2016

great class, very informative


Jul 02, 2020

A really fascinating course.

By William w

Jun 04, 2020

Great and interesting course

By Ritvik S S

May 25, 2020

Beautiful Delivery and Tests

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Nov 29, 2017


By Ramakrishnan

May 02, 2020

Learnt new things thank you

By Daniele N

May 29, 2020

Rich and very interesting!

By Millisa

Jun 13, 2017

Loved it so interesting!!!

By Margarita S

Jun 24, 2020

It was verte interesting

By Paul W

Apr 21, 2020

A fun and simple course.

By Owais R

Sep 10, 2017

An excellent experience!

By Justine S

Dec 09, 2016

Definitely worth taking!