May 28, 2018
This is indeed a great course. It is very simply put and very easy to follow up.\n\nDo join without any hesitancy if you have a genuine interest in learning about the history of ancient Egypt!
Mar 25, 2020
First online course and I loved every moment of it! It felt really refreshing to hear some old names that I used to study as a child. Well done and thanks again for the amazing opportunity!
автор: M. D C J•
Nov 05, 2019
The information was well organized and presented well. However, the presentation was at times dry monotone. Over all, the course taught me what I wanted to learn.
Feb 09, 2017
Informative course for anyone not familiar with the ancient Egyptians; The quizzes have a low (50%) threshold in order to pass, but are not always easy.
автор: Emma W•
Jul 06, 2020
While the topics are incredibly interesting, one would wish for a little more enthusiasm in the presentation of the knowledge and the course material.
автор: Dayna A•
Nov 25, 2016
A very basic overview of Egyptian history, not as detailed as I had expected. It didn't cover as many topics as I would have liked.
автор: Gary W•
Oct 18, 2019
Author is quite slow in presentation. Otherwise material is good and the pictures are well coordinated with the material
автор: Ananya G•
Jun 07, 2017
I think this course is very informative but I feel, the narration is very flat and some modulation can be used.
автор: Silke S•
Sep 24, 2020
A bit too theoretical, a list of information. Only the last Video was a bit interaction with other researchers
автор: Peter M•
Sep 19, 2020
I enjoyed the course. Dr. Silverman needs to stop reading a teleprompter - he literally was reading a script.
автор: Ahmad k•
Dec 04, 2016
A very enlightening course ... i would have liked to hear more about the mythology and the gods roles
автор: Alisha M•
May 21, 2017
Too simple a course... Would be nice to have more structure period wise and content wise!
автор: Gorret F•
Jun 24, 2019
Un cours intéressant parfois un peu dense
автор: Yuen L T L•
Feb 24, 2019
The quiz was the best part
автор: Angeliki K•
Dec 16, 2016
I was actually very excited for this course, yet it disappointed me. The lectures were monotonous and stiff, I found myself watching the videos on mute with the subtitles on! (p.s. the persons who transcribed the videos should have taken the time to see and hear what they were translating since there are quite a few errors on names, locations, even simple words). I also found the lessons rather superficial, did not "dive" into the heart of this great civilization. Finally, having read a book or two on the subject, the whole experience added almost nothing to my previous knowledge on ancient Egypt. The course is good for those who have no previous knowledge on the subject and wish to learn the basics regarding Egypt, its gods, mummies etc.
автор: Mildred D B•
Jan 11, 2017
The subject matter is of great interest to me but unfortunately Dr. Silverman standing paralyzed before a projected backdrop and lecturing in a monotone doesn't do it. Too much "talking head" (actually motionless body) and too few visuals of course material. I'm sure he's a brilliant man, but an adequate lecturer he is not. If he's so shy he might just do voice-overs. I have dropped the course and will just read the book. I would not, incidentally, rate the course at an intermediate level. Beginning would be more accurate.
Onscreen videos are bad enough, being at one remove from the classroom, but onscreen videos of an immobile monotone lecturers will kill any subject.
автор: David J•
Jul 23, 2020
I should have looked more carefully at the syllabus before taking this course. It gives a lot of detail about kings, gods and mummification, but nothing about the structure of ancient Egyptian civilization such as the organization of society below the kings. Nothing about how the peasants were organized, nothing about relations with neighboring civilization through the centuries It's not similar in content than, for example, the Assyria course "Organizing an Empire, the Assyrian Way," To a great extent it can be seen as a tour of the Eqypt Museum at U of Penn. It's fine if that's what you are looking for.
автор: Wendi S•
Jun 02, 2017
While the information is interesting, the speaker is horrendous. I can't put it any nicer. He is monotonous and is obviously reading from a prompter. There is no excitement in him to make me want to be excited to learn anything new. There are breaks in his speaking as if he is waiting for the prompter to move to the next page. All he does is stand and never moves, very boring and very dry.
Some of the later lessons were a bit better. At least we saw more pictures to support the information and didn't have to watch the speaker just standing there.
автор: Jennifer O•
Nov 12, 2016
I found listening to the instructor just read notes became very tedious very quickly. I had to force myself to finish this course which rather defeated my goal of learning for fun. The only video that engaged me was the very last one set in the artifact lab. I also feel that if you are going to offer transcriptions of the lectures, someone should proofread them. Not to do so is shoddy work and doesn't do Coursera or Penn any favors.
автор: Caelyn M•
Nov 29, 2016
I was disappointed by this course. I thought it was poorly organized and focused too much on trivia and not enough on motivating and contextualizing Ancient Egyptian civilization. I was hoping to come away from this course with a richer understanding of Ancient Egypt. The lectures were surprisingly dry.
автор: Karolina D•
Sep 13, 2020
The material was indeed interesting however the way of presenting it was surprisingly terrible. The manner of speech and lack of mimics and expression of the professor was disappointing and I preferred to read the script rather than watch the videos :(
автор: Katharina H•
Apr 10, 2017
Unfortunately, I did not find the course overly engaging and only provided very basic information. It would have been more interesting to look at a few things more in depth.
автор: Sharon C•
Jul 31, 2020
While the content is great, the lecturer isn't the most riveting to listen to. He stands as a statue most of the time and seems uncomfortable in front of the camera.
автор: Bhavik D•
May 05, 2020
How is it possible to teach one of the most exciting optics in the most uninteresting, convoluted and rash manner with preposterously odd quiz questions?
автор: Stanislaus G•
Dec 09, 2016
Great information, however, the professor who is clearly a specialist just stood and read the lectures. Not as interesting as they could have been.
Nov 28, 2016
Very interesting subject matter, however, sadly brought in a boring way, resulting in my quitting the course.
автор: William J H C•
Oct 07, 2017
Fascinating subject but presentation was very wooden.