Online Class: Egyptian Mythology 101

This course reviews the many fascinating mysteries of Ancient Egyptian Mythology pondered by the world's greatest scholars in instructive and entertaining lessons.

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Course Description

Mummies, pyramids, pharaohs, hieroglyphs--things you think you know all about, but do you really? Would it surprise you to hear that more cats than people were mummified in ancient Egypt? Or that a pharaoh was considered to be more than just in contact with the gods, but to be a god himself? Egyptian mythology--the basis and reason for all these things--lasted more than four thousand years, something nearly unheard of for religions no longer around today. Come on a journey down the Nile and into one of the most important and fascinating eras in human history. Whether you're inspired by the breathtaking grandeur of the Great Pyramids or puzzled by the pictoral language of the ancient hieroglyph, you'll be surprised by just how relatable and even modern the civilization that produced these ancient wonders really was.

In a bizarre world where hippos and beer become representations of greatness, and the great conquerors of history are melted down into the expanse of another culture's history, every twist and turn offers another revelation. You think you know all about the ancient Egyptians? Think again. And join the legions of people from the last two millennia in pondering over the unique and at times unbelievable lives of the ancient Egyptians and their religion. These are mysteries pondered over by some of the world's greatest scholars, laid out before your eyes in an instructive and entertaining course.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Egyptian Worship

Ancient Egypt is one of those topics where the common knowledge surrounding it is substantial enough that throwing out a word like mummy or pyramid conjures a rich level of visual memory and interaction. Additional lesson topics: Egyptian Pyramids 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Egyptian Worship
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Gods

Throughout the New Kingdom period, the pharaoh was always god. Although he was the more present god in the life of the Egyptians, he was not the supreme god in terms of the mythological hierarchy. Additional lesson topics: Understanding Egyptian Gods; The role of the Pharaoh; The symbol of the eye and the pyramid 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: Gods and Goddesses
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: The Religious Elite

While the rites in Europe were more accessible to the public,Egypt's rituals were practiced exclusively by those in power. Additional lesson topics: Ancient Egyptian Mystery Cults 59 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Complete Assignment: The Religious Elite
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Examples of Egyptian Myths

Whereas many religions today act as firm, strict, and largely unchanging guidelines to keeping parts of society the same over the centuries, Egyptian mythology appears to have been more flexible, and to complement society in varying ways over time. Additional lesson topics: The Battles of Seth and Horus; Pyramid Text Online Library; Legends of the Gods; Osiris and the Resurrection; Horus 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Egyptian Mythology in the Ancient World

While other mythologies can be seen as spreading back many hundreds, if not thousands, of years, in Egypt we have the cold hard evidence to prove it. Additional lesson topics: Plutarch; An Egyptian Mummification; Herodotus and Ancient Egypt 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Hieroglyphs

Hieroglyphs refer to formal carvings of Egyptian language into stone. Additional lesson topics: Hieroglyphics; The Egyptian Book of the Dead 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Iconography and Art

One of the oddest forms of ritual in the Egyptian religious sphere was cat worship. Additional lesson topics: Ancient Egyptian Art; The Role of Cats in Ancient Egypt 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The Conversion of the Egyptian People

Egyptian lands were among the very first long before the Roman Empire to embrace Christianity as the most important religion in its region. Additional lesson topics: Ancient Egyptian Religion vs Christianity; Did Ancient Egyptians Shape Christianity? 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize Egyptian worship and Egyptian gods.
  • Describe the religious elite.
  • Summarize examples of Egyptian myths.
  • Describe Egyptian mythology in the ancient world.
  • Summarize hieroglyphs, iconography and art of Egyptian mythology.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Egyptian Mythology 101
Course Number: 8900291
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (988 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: May 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Absolutely loved it. It has been 20 years since I have taken any courses. This was very helpful in deciding where to go from here. The wide assortment of classes are perfect to learn and achieve new things." -- Jane V.
  • "I love this exploratory course on Egyptian Mythology. The instructor is very knowledgeable and communicative with students. The instructor alone is another reason why I continue to take history and mythology courses." -- Andrew E.
  • "This was a brilliant course, I already have a good grounding in Egyptian mythology and history but this provided a great background to the myths that we all know so well. Would be willing do a further course that expanded on this one further." -- Karen B.
  • "I thought that this course was quite informative but somewhat difficult." -- Betty D.
  • "I loved the instructor. He is an awesome teacher and I enjoyed working with him." -- Ruby B.
  • "I could recommend this instructor to anyone." -- Norma E.
  • "Great class - thanks!" -- Rebecca H.
  • "What was most helpful was the way the material was organized, the need to complete a lesson before being able to proceed on to the next lesson, and how fast the instructor graded the assignments so I knew if I was on the right track." -- Julia R.
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