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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, and 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 life and times 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.

Course Requirements


This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Egyptian Worship

Lesson 2: The Gods

Lesson 3: The Religious Elite

Lesson 4: Examples of Egyptian Myths

Lesson 5: Egyptian Mythology in the Ancient World

Lesson 6: Hieroglyphs

Lesson 7: Iconography and Art

Lesson 8: The Conversion of the Egyptian People

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along. There will be a mid and final assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.    

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Egyptian Worship50
Lesson 1 Exam10
Gods and Goddesses50
Lesson 2 Exam10
The Religious Elite50
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Assignment50
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Exam9
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment50
Lesson 8 Exam10
Total Points:328