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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 10, 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.

Sep 25, 2020

I really enjoyed the history of Ancient Egypt. I have viewed the treasures of Tutankhamun twice. This class gave me a more in depth view of the culture and the art of Ancient Egypt. Thank you.

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By Linda R

Jun 1, 2021

T​his course contrains a wealth of information

By Eduardo P

Apr 24, 2020

great teacher !! amazing information and topic

By Emre Y

Dec 22, 2020

I like all stages and issues. Thanks much.

By Sean G

May 3, 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 Esperanza d C O G

Nov 21, 2020

A really great course like it so much

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 M

Feb 19, 2020

Wish to have more courses from you.

By Andres V

Jan 24, 2020

Fantastic course, very interesting.

By Peggy W

Aug 2, 2020

Very informative and enlightening.

By Sophie V

Mar 26, 2020

Great content, pictures, lectures!

By ariel b

Feb 7, 2018

just amazing! really great speaker

By Mark G C

Oct 11, 2020

I love this... learning thank you

By Bindu V S

Aug 22, 2020

Good learning of Egyptian culture

By Michelle B

May 10, 2020

Fascinating glimpse into history!

By Peta A

Apr 12, 2019

Enjoyable and the presenter is A1

By Ivona F

Mar 9, 2018

Very interesting and insightful

By Dzina L

Jul 8, 2020

Great course! I learned a lot!

By Manvi K D

Aug 13, 2018

A real good learning session!

By Alessandra R

May 22, 2020

Really interesting thank you


Oct 11, 2020

Very good and instructive.

By Nicola R

Feb 18, 2018

Really enjoyed the course!