About this Course
4.8
205 ratings
61 reviews
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. This course focused on five key areas in the study of Ancient Egypt: 1) Principles of Egyptian Art, 2) The Basics of the Language of Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs, 3) Egyptian Magic, 4) Akhenaten, Tutankhamun, and the Religion of the Aten, and 5) The Burial of Tutankhamun and the Search for his Tomb. This course is intended to accompany, and ideally to follow, Introduction to Ancient Egypt (also available on Coursera)....
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Approx. 9 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

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English

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
27 minutes to complete

Welcome to the Course

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Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 2 readings
Video1 video
Reading2 readings
Introduction to Wonders of Ancient Egypt10m
Suggested Course Textbook10m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Principles of Egyptian Art

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Reading
6 videos (Total 48 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Principles of Egyptian Art: Part 29m
Principles of Egyptian Art: Part 36m
Principles of Egyptian Art: Part 48m
Principles of Egyptian Art: Part 58m
Principles of Egyptian Art: Part 67m
Reading1 reading
Suggested & Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Principles of Egyptian Art16m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

The Basics of the Language of Ancient Egypt: Hieroglyphs

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Reading
11 videos (Total 76 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Hieroglyphs: Part 25m
Hieroglyphs: Part 34m
Hieroglyphs: Part 46m
Hieroglyphs: Part 55m
Hieroglyphs: Part 67m
Hieroglyphs: Part 78m
Hieroglyphs: Part 86m
Hieroglyphs: Part 95m
Hieroglyphs: Part 106m
Hieroglyphs: Part 119m
Reading1 reading
Suggested & Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Hieroglyphs28m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Egyptian Magic

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Reading
8 videos (Total 55 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Magic: Part 25m
Magic: Part 34m
Magic: Part 45m
Magic: Part 57m
Magic: Part 68m
Magic: Part 76m
Magic: Part 89m
Reading1 reading
Suggested and Further Reading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Magic20m
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Top Reviews

By GHNov 23rd 2017

Very interesting course with great on-line and book references, will be a great help and inspiration for one to visit museums containing Ancient Egyptian art and artifacts

By SSApr 16th 2018

Very impressing, well-prepared, detailed course. I have learnt a lot and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to gain insight about Ancient Egyption culture!

Instructor

David P. Silverman

Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology
Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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