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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 Irina S

Oct 13, 2019

Thank you so much, it was a lot of fun! I really loved this course :)

By Carlos A G P

Jun 7, 2020

Excelente course, Dr. Silverman explains everything in great detail!

By Abbie M

May 15, 2020

A wonderful in depth look in the the lives of the Ancient Egyptians.

By Janet B

Jan 12, 2020

Great course with lots of material and visuals from the Penn Museum.

By Lina K

Sep 6, 2019

it is very useful and wonderful course , thank you so much courseera

By Christopher J M

Jan 28, 2021

Thank you for these two excellent courses that build in enjoyment.

By Susan M

May 10, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would like to learn much more

By Hérlon R B

Jan 30, 2020

Agradável e flexível. Farei outros cursos com certeza. Recomendo.

By Marcela R V

Mar 5, 2019

A very complete course, I learned new things, excellent teacher.

By kouassi n c

Nov 10, 2017

très bon cours facile à étudier et à comprendre je le recommande

By Lisa F

Nov 25, 2020

What a fact filled adventure into the history of Ancient Egypt!

By Jorge A A E

May 25, 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 kaustubh w

Jun 30, 2019

One of the best courses for intermediate level Egyptology!

By Muhammad R R

May 2, 2019

The all course lectures are very amazing and informative.

By Leslie G

Jun 10, 2021

Very informative and interesting. Love Ancient Egyptian.

By Christopher M

Apr 28, 2020

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


Aug 12, 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 Cheryl F

Apr 29, 2021

Excellent course with great lectures and visuals.

By Meghan T

Dec 5, 2020

really interesting, i wish there were a "part 3!"

By María A T T

Jan 26, 2021

Amazing, so full of rich information. Thank you!

By Tishema N C

Jun 20, 2020

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