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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 4.7 based on 109 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 1 to 2 hours per week
Starts Dec 28 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
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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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!

I was very happy to learn more about ancient egypt.

As long as you like Ancient Egypt, you already know, for example, everything that is said in week 6 regarding Tut's tomb discovery.I have no doubt that Dr Silverman is an extremely capable professionnal but he is not an the best speaker for a course : the tone is grim and lacks some passion.

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.

Great course.Did not disappoint!Loved the numerous museum pictures with detailed explanation.Thank you i enjoyed this more than the last ancient Egypt course, I think the delivery was better.

Amaizing course i love it I can learn more exciting knowledge about Ancient Egypt.

Time well spent if you like history and/or Ancient Egypt.

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

Dr Silverman is extremely knowledgeable in ancient Egyptian History and Language.

Gladis E. Simonian Minassian I chose ancient Egyptian history because I wanted to see the Pyramids, the Nile River.

For example I've learned 6 Gardiner's lessons of Ancient Egyptian and haven't received any information about "Interrogative sentences" yet.

This course, along with the 'Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization' course, provides a detailed and delightful introduction to the world of the Ancient Egyptians.

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Very interesting course with great photo's Doneit!

Very Interesting course about Ancient Egyptian life.

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.

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Very Interesting and easy to follow.

Lectures were easy to follow and it isn't too time consuming.

A Very informative and easy to follow.

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Thanks :) Great cours I learned so much during this course!

I've learned so much!

Thank you so much, it was a lot of fun!

Wonderful course it is very useful and wonderful course , thank you so much courseera I took this class because I was in a period of my life where I hadn't any job but I didn't have the will to actually do anything teaching or law related.

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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 to anyone interested in this wonderful culture.

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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.

Really enjoyed the course!

I really enjoyed the hieroglyphs and was impressed with Dr Silverman's skills of writing backwards!

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I am overwhelmed by Dr. Silverman's knowledge about this subject.

I Love this course A worthwhile course that goes well as a sequel to Dr. Silverman's Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization.

Thank you Dr. Silverman and the staff of Penn university for this excellent course.

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I learned a few new things and reviewed some I had forgotten.

2x speed fixes it tho lol A very complete course, I learned new things, excellent teacher.

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While Mr. Silverman gave a simple interrogative word that is used by egyptians like "Question mark" in english or interrogative word "Hal" in arabic.

Very good course about Ancient Egypt and a nice follow-up on the Introduction course with Mr. Silverman!

Thanks so much Mr. Silverman.

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He explain so many things perfectly to help understand.

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Rating 4.7 based on 109 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Effort 1 to 2 hours per week
Starts Dec 28 (4 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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