Introduction to Ancient Egypt
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Introduction to Ancient Egypt

A beginner's guide to the spectacular world of Egyptology: dynasties, religion, mummies, pharaohs, pyramids and temples.
4.1 (13 ratings)
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Created by Mahmoud Zaghloul
Last updated 11/2018
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Gain an overall understanding of ancient Egyptian civilization
  • Identify the main periods of ancient Egyptian history
  • Be familiar with the ancient Egyptian religion and different gods
  • Be familiar with the different types of ancient Egyptian temples
  • Understand the importance of mummification and how it works
  • Be familiar with ancient Egyptian mythology
  • Discuss current topics in Egyptology
Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites, but students are encouraged to take notes on the lessons to improve their retention of information.
Description

Five thousand years ago the land of the papyrus and the land of the lotus united to form one long, thin country ruled by one semi-divine king. For the next three thousand years Egypt would maintain a culture so distinctive that even today, some two thousand years after the last pharaoh occupied throne of the Two Lands, it has instant, universal recognition.

This course is divided into four sections, In the 1st section of this course, we are going to begin with the geography of the land itself, emphasizing how the Nile River shaped the culture of the ancient Egyptians.

In section 2, we are going to take a comprehensive view of the timeline of ancient Egypt from the pre-dynastic time 5000 BC to the fall of ancient Egypt in 30 BC. Covering powerful pharaohs, royal pyramids religious shifts, wars, and art.

In section 3, we are going to dive into the mysterious ancient Egyptian religion, covering gods and goddess, temples, important concepts like Maat, and key mythologies like the myth of Osiris.

In section 4, we are going to touch on the very unique concept of death in ancient Egypt, why the afterlife mattered so much to the ancient Egyptians, and why they had so lavish tombs; also in this section we are going to cover mummification and how it works.

Who this course is for:
  • Those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the ancient Egyptian life and culture set in the specific geography of the land and its river, the Nile, within the historical framework of the dynastic sequence.
Course content
Expand all 29 lectures 02:03:28
+ The Black and Red
4 lectures 10:12
The Nile River
05:33
Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt
01:50
Nomes, or Provinces
01:19
+ History and Chronology
11 lectures 01:01:06
Introduction
03:34
The Predynastic period
03:02
Unification and Early Dynastic Period
04:30
The Old kingdom
08:20
The First Intermediate Period
01:41
The Middle Kingdom
09:48
The Second Intermediate Period
05:17
The Third Intermediate Period
04:41
Late Period and the Macedonian Dynasty
04:57
The Ptolemaic Period
02:42
+ Religion
7 lectures 27:52
Introduction
01:12
State Religion
05:15
The Pantheon
08:59
Temples
03:30
Funerary Beliefs
03:32
Funerary Texts
03:06
+ The Living and the Dead
6 lectures 19:24
Mummification
06:30
Funerals, funerary processions, and tomb equipment
04:59
Cemeteries and Tombs
02:37
Mortuary Cults
02:48
Tomb Curses
00:46
The Living and the Dead
01:44
+ Bonus Lecture
1 lecture 04:54
Medicine in Ancient Egypt
04:54