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Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization

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.

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Rating 4.5 based on 279 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Jun 10 (6 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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about ancient egypt in 16 reviews

I have enjoyed learning about ancient Egypt very much.

I hoped when I started this course that I would develop a framework for understanding and building on knowledge about Ancient Egypt.

Amazing intro about Ancient Egypt !!

And what is the most important to me, after finalizing the course, a desire appeared in my mind to watch some fiction films about ancient Egypt.

This course made me eaer to kearn more about Ancient Egypt.

Interesting course stimulated my desire to learn more about ancient Egypt would love to see a continuation of this course, There was a lot to try to remember from one quiz to the next and I have memory problems, but if you're a person with normal memory abilities, I guess that wouldn't be a problem.

I really enjoyed learning more about ancient Egypt.

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dr. silverman in 16 reviews

Thanks Dr. Silverman.

Dr. Silverman thanks a lot!

I recommend reading the suggested books (majority are free of charge) but also purchasing Dr. Silverman's book Ancient Egypt which is a staple in Egyptology classes.

Interesting Dr. Silverman is clear and easy to follow, and I appreciated the many suggested readings that were available online from various institutions.

I want to thank Dr. Silverman and his colleagues to bring that amazing course to us.

I loved Dr. Silverman's lectures and the photos of artifacts from the museum.

The subject matter is of great interest to me but unfortunately Dr. Silverman standing paralyzed before a projected backdrop and lecturing in a monotone doesn't do it.

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penn museum in 11 reviews

The materials in the Penn Museum were often referred to and shown.

The most exciting part of the course is the sneak peak that you get in the Penn Museum collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and also the various other photographs in each video.

I sincerely thank the team at Coursera, the Penn Museum and David Silverman for their efforts in putting together such a great course!

Lots of detail, particularly about the Penn museum.

learned a lot about Egypt which is total vacancy in my knowledge before taking the course and helped in greater understanding of Penn Museum's collection I liked it, but I've expected more videos.

Fantastic content, I really learnt some new things I am inspired to travel to visit Penn Museum.

Dr. Silverman is very knowledgeable in his field and every time he mentioned some artifact in the Penn Museum, it made me more and more interested in visiting.

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very informative in 10 reviews

So informative and such an encou Very informative, and easy for beginners to grasp!

Very informative and further elaborates on topics of only heard about.

Very informative and interesting!

Very informative despite this.

great class, very informative Interesting class, which give a good overview of Ancient Egypt.

slightly boring way of explaining the history behind every statue by the tutor with a monotonous voice tone I liked this course..thanksfull with you coursera and the university from penssilvanya Very informative and professional in the way the information was presented.

Very informative This course was incredibly informative and the thorough integration of real artifacts was a pleasure.

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really enjoyed in 9 reviews

Amazing , i really enjoyed it .

Really enjoyed this class.

brilliant for wanna be egyptologists Really enjoyed taking this course it was very fascinating but easy to understand.

i also really enjoyed the session in the lab.

That being said, I really enjoyed the class as a very direct knowledge-gathering experience.

I really enjoyed this course!

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very interesting course in 8 reviews

great course This was a very interesting course , well presented with excellent reading materials.

Very interesting course that doesn't require the learner to have any knowledge on ancient Egypt.

great info Very interesting course.

This was a very interesting course and I learnt a great deal from it.

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Rating 4.5 based on 279 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Jun 10 (6 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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