Introduction to Ancient Egypt
A beginner's guide to the spectacular world of Egyptology: dynasties, religion, mummies, pharaohs, pyramids and temples.
What you will 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
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.