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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)....

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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 Mark G

Jun 06, 2020

I love this... learning thank you

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 09, 2018

Very interesting and insightful

By Dzina L

Jul 08, 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

By Nicola R

Feb 18, 2018

Really enjoyed the course!

By Diana M U R

Jun 09, 2019

Amaizing course i love it

By Abadir S Y

May 05, 2019

egypt great civilization

By Amal A E I

May 07, 2018

Very good i loved it .

By Christopher a

Feb 22, 2018

Great enjoyable course

By Samuel G

Jul 09, 2020

What a great course!

By Keawalin S

Jul 25, 2020

it was very great!

By Simran S

Sep 20, 2019

Wonderful course

By Katherine S

Jul 21, 2020

Awesome course!

By Patricia B

May 19, 2020

simply awesome!

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By Cara M

May 03, 2020

It was great!

By Ilanka

Jan 21, 2018

Great cours

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