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Wonders of Ancient Egypt

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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Rating 4.6 based on 55 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 1 to 2 hours per week
Starts Feb 25 (9 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructor David P. Silverman
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Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities Art & Design Business
Tags Social Sciences History Arts And Humanities Economics

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ancient egypt in 11 reviews

Having studied the ancient history of Egypt for many years, it was wonderful to review the history of ancient Egypt.

I have learnt a lot and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to gain insight about Ancient Egyption culture!

Great enjoyable course This is a really interesting course, which I would strongly recommend to anyone who has the slightest interest in Ancient Egypt and its culture.

I recommend these two courses to anyone with an interest in Ancient Egypt.

I was very happy to learn more about ancient egypt.

Wonders of Ancient Egypt also has further provided me a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of ancient Egypt.

: ) This is a very interesting and enjoyable course, and an excellent companion to Professor Silverman's first course, Introduction to Ancient Egypt and its Civilization.

very interesting course in 5 reviews

Very interesting course with great photo's Doneit!

Very Interesting course about Ancient Egyptian life.

Very interesting course, but the flow of the lecture videos is seriously disrupted by the inclusion of the credits for the entire week's lecture videos, which sometimes takes up as much as half of the video time.

Very interesting course and stimulates me to learn more about this subject.

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 Курс не соответствует названию.

ancient egyptian in 4 reviews

I have taken a few courses on Ancient Egyptian culture as I have always been very interested in it.

really enjoyed in 4 reviews

This was an excellent course; I really enjoyed; Particularly interesting were the lectures about Egyptian Magic and how it is related with this ancient culture.

Nice course,really enjoyed it Very interesting and insightful I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned more about Egyptian civilization than from any documentary or travelogue.

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Rating 4.6 based on 55 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 1 to 2 hours per week
Starts Feb 25 (9 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
Instructor David P. Silverman
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Humanities Art & Design Business
Tags Social Sciences History Arts And Humanities Economics

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