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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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University of Pennsylvania

Rating 4.5 based on 233 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Feb 18 (10 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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dr. silverman in 13 reviews

Thanks Dr. Silverman.

Dr. Silverman thanks a lot!

The lectures with Dr. Silverman were clear, concise, and highly interesting.

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.

about ancient egypt in 12 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.

good This is the best overview course about Ancient Egypt civilisation I could dream of.

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.

penn museum in 10 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.

Also I want to say, that Penn museum is really great, and I wish every worker and museologist a lot of new artefacts and professional inspiration.

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.

really enjoyed in 8 reviews

Amazing , i really enjoyed it .

Really enjoyed this class.

I was stimulated by the course, and really enjoyed it.

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

Descriptive I really enjoyed this course and I will miss Dr SIlverman's voice.

EXCELLENT COURSE ON ANCIENT EGYPT The skills that someone can aquire in brief:approaching a vast time period critically through keystonesidentifying the most important pharaohs and the monuments connected to themrealising and respecting the significance of different opinions -perceptions in order to decipher the code called "Egypt" i really enjoyed this course and learnt a lot.

i also really enjoyed the session in the lab.

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

introduction to ancient in 7 reviews

It was a great introduction to ancient Egypt I think this course is very informative but I feel, the narration is very flat and some modulation can be used.

Course is a great introduction to Ancient Egypt, format and outline is well thought out.

A quick but thorough introduction to Ancient Egypt, with the added bonus of serving as an introduction to the Penn Museum's Ancient Egypt collection A good introduction to the history and culture of the ancient Egyptian people.

Fantastic introduction to Ancient Egypt.

A very good basic introduction to Ancient Egypt.

I enjoyed the course, I have learnt a lot and Great course for introduction to Ancient Egypt!

Of the courses I've taken through Coursera, Introduction to Ancient Egypt and Its Civilization is, by far, my favorite.

very interesting course in 7 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.

Very interesting course.

great info Very interesting course.


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University of Pennsylvania

Rating 4.5 based on 233 ratings
Length 7 weeks
Starts Feb 18 (10 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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