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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. 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)....

Top reviews


Jul 11, 2020

This was an incredibly detailed course that provided an in-depth and interesting view of ancient Egypt. I would highly recommend this as an essential course for those interested in Egypt's history.


Mar 02, 2020

Love this course! I've been obsessed with Egyptology my whole life and after taking both of Dr. Silverman's courses I feel I have a much greater understanding of the mystic civilization!

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By Jorge A A E

May 26, 2018

Excellent course material. Very Interesting and easy to follow.

By louis f d m p s

Jun 13, 2020

Very instructive and interesting. Thanks and congratulations.

By Christine V

Jun 24, 2020

Loved it- and I learned a lot... Thanks for offering this!

By Mansi W

Jun 30, 2019

One of the best courses for intermediate level Egyptology!

By Muhammad R R

May 02, 2019

The all course lectures are very amazing and informative.

By Christopher M

Apr 28, 2020

Fantastic course, loved every minute. Have learnt a lot.


Aug 13, 2019

Excellent Course!!!

Prof. Gladis E. Simonian Minassian

By marie f

Mar 17, 2020

Very informative and well explained. Enjoy it fully

By masumi o

Jul 29, 2020

I really enjoyed the course. Thank you very much.

By Tishema N C

Jun 20, 2020

One of the best Egyptian study's I have learned.

By Gary C

Apr 11, 2020

Excellent course. Really great course. Thank you

By Shashina B

Jun 15, 2020

The class was very informative and interesting!

By Eduardo P

Apr 24, 2020

great teacher !! amazing information and topic

By Sean G

May 03, 2018

Very interesting course with great photo's


Oct 31, 2017

excellent and interesting.

By Ritvik S S

Jul 17, 2020

Amazing; Dr. Silverman is a true cholar.

By Michelle O A C

Jul 10, 2019

super complete and interesting course!

By Tayriny S C

Dec 11, 2017

Wonderfull!!! I learn a lot...thanks.

By Maladaye B

Jun 21, 2020

very informative, absolutely amazing

By Mohamed E

Feb 19, 2020

Wish to have more courses from you.

By Andres V

Jan 24, 2020

Fantastic course, very interesting.

By Peggy W

Aug 03, 2020

Very informative and enlightening.

By Sophie V

Mar 26, 2020

Great content, pictures, lectures!

By ariel b

Feb 08, 2018

just amazing! really great speaker

By Bindu V S

Aug 22, 2020

Good learning of Egyptian culture