Ancient Egypt: Exploring Its Splendor
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Ancient Egypt: Exploring Its Splendor

with a short introduction to translating hieroglyphics
4.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Dr. Ryan Parr
Last updated 2/2016
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 21 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Explore the fascinating and dynamic culture of ancient Egypt. Challenge your intellect and whit by learning the basics of Egyptian hieroglyphics. Build confidence and aptitude by learning these ancient concepts and scribal skills.
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  • Be prepared for a fascinating journey!

This course is an adventure! It is a series of video/slide presentations ("mashups") which will take you through the splendor of ancient Egypt: before pharaoh and the origins of state; the fascinating theology of ancient Egypt and a sampling of the gods which drove those beliefs; the evolving symbolism of the pyramid and the functions of the myriads of temples found up and down the Nile. The eternal importance of the rites of mummification and the compelling pharaohs of renown from the 18th through the 20th dynasties: Hatshepsut (the woman who would and was king); the mighty Thutmosis III; the monotheistic Akhenaten and his son, Tutankaten, better known as Tutankhamun, and others. Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this course is the exposure to Middle Kingdom hieroglyphics and the unusual and rare challenge of learning the basics of translation. Take the beginning steps along the path of becoming an ancient scribe! Ten days is the approximate time it should take to complete this class.

Join me for this great and enjoyable adventure!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with a passion for and an interest in ancient Egypt who, is willing to unlock the mysteries of the ancient Egyptians' hieroglyphics, this course is for you! If you are interested in history only, this course may not be for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Introduction to Ancient Egypt: Exploring Its Splendor
1 Lecture 01:46

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Preview 01:46
The Nile River, Origins of State and Religion
4 Lectures 50:01

Formative periods before pharaoh.

Preview 10:29

A description of the theology which drove the culture of ancient Egypt.

Before Pharaoh

A sampling from the myriad of Egyptian gods.

Forgotten Gods

Understand the basics of Egyptian religion and how they viewed the cosmos.

Egyptian Theology

Section I

The Nile River, Origins of State and Religion
15 questions
2 Lectures 17:51

The ideas behind the true pyramid.

Evolution of the Pyramid.

How did they do it?

Pyramid Construction

15 questions
3 Lectures 29:36

Appreciate how the temples of ancient Egypt were understood in a state driven by the underpinnings of its theology.

Order of Government

The economic and theological role of the temple in society.

A Sampling of Temples

The early temple sites: Nekhen and Abydos. The intriguing initiaion process performed at the Osireion.

The Initiatory Process In Ancient Egypt, by Max Guilmont
12 pages

15 questions
1 Lecture 12:55

Eternal life requires a body!


10 questions
Section 5: Valley of the Kings and the Men who Built the Tombs
1 Lecture 06:12

The Valley of the Kings was really a pyramid.

Valley of the Kings

Valley of the Kings and Deir el-Medina
10 questions
Section 6: Pharoahs of Renown: 18th Dynasty
3 Lectures 27:31

Hatshepsut: When the gods of Egypt called, the voice of a woman answered!

Thutmosis III: Great Egyptian military general.

Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III

Change in a changeless land.


The only undisturbed royal burial ever found and excavated.


Hatshepsut, Thutmosis III, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun
15 questions
Section 7: Pharaohs of Renown: 19th Dynasty
1 Lecture 09:51

What's in a name?

Seti I; Ramses II and Ramses III

Seti I, Ramses II, Ramses III
10 questions
The Scribal Art of Hieroglyphics
4 Lectures 47:51
Hieroglyphs 1

You will understand the Egyptian alphabet and begin to learn a sampling of ancient vocabulary words.

Hieroglyphs and a Sampling of Basic Grammar
1 page

Hieroglyphs 2

Hieroglyphs 3

15 questions
About the Instructor
Dr. Ryan Parr
4.5 Average rating
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41 Students
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Udemy Instructor

Ryan Parr has a PhD in Biological Anthropology, a Master's degree in ancient Near Eastern Studies and a B.S. in Zoology. He has taught courses on ancient Egypt and Biblical history at the university level, with language components including Egyptian hieroglyphics or Biblical Hebrew. Using ancient DNA analyses, he continues to work on the genetic analyses of Kellis 2, a Coptic Christian cemetery in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt. In addition, he was the principal investigator on a project which identified an Unknown Child from the 1912 RMS Titanic disaster. This project was the subject of a National Geographic documentary entitled Titanic's Ghosts (Secrets of the Dead series). He has been the Chief Science Officer for two companies involved with the early detection of cancer and cardiovascular disease.