Free Online Course on Ancient Egyptian Civilization, 2016

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is currently offering online course on Ancient Egyptian Civilization. This course is intended for spark learners’ interest in the study of ancient Egypt.

Over five weeks, the course will explore about the history, women and architecture of ancient Egypt. The course starts on April 4, 2016.

Course At A Glance


Length: 5 weeks
Effort:  2 hours/week
Subject: History
Institution: BAx (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) and edx
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Starts on April 4, 2016

Providers’ Details

The New Library of Alexandria is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Indeed, it is much more than a library. Beside the Main Library and its affiliated Francophone, Depository and Maps libraries, it has six specialized libraries, a copy of the Internet Archive, four museums, a Planetarium Science Center, an Exploratorium for children, Culturama: a cultural panorama projected over nine screens, (VISTA) Virtual Immersive Science and Technology Applications, 13 Academic Research Centers, 15 permanent exhibitions, four art galleries, a large conference center and, it hosts the secretariat of a number of international institutions.

About This Course

This brief, introductory history course will take applicant on a journey into the wonders of ancient Egypt as you discover why ancient Egypt is the legend that it is.

Learners will be exposed to the magnificent accomplishments and contributions that Egypt has made to civilization from Ancient times to today.

BAx will examine the role of Egyptian women and their positions as monarchs and goddesses, the invention of papyrus and Egypt’s first writings as well as ancient Egypt’s achievements in medicine.

There will also be a brief summary of the famous architecture of ancient Egypt including pyramids, tombs and temples.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can get a verified certificate. Applicant will learn about the history, women, and architecture of ancient Egypt from the Library of Alexandria, Egypt’s celebrated learning and cultural complex.

Learning Outcomes

Applicant will learn about these facets of ancient Egypt:
-Writing and numerals, including the invention of papyrus
-Architecture of pyramids, tombs, and temples
-Women’s roles


Ahmed H. Borham

Ahmed is the Director of the Tour Guides Training Project at the Alexandria Tour Guides Syndicate. Originally a civil engineer, Ahmed changed his career, and received a Diploma in Tourism then an MA in Ancient Egyptian Archaeology from Alexandria University in 1995 and a Ph.D. in Ancient Egyptian Archaeology from Ain Shams University in 2012.

Marwa Assem

Marwa is a researcher at the Academic Research Sector at the Library of Alexandria. She received her BA in English Literature from the University of Alexandria in 2007. She also received her MA in English Literature from the University of Alexandria in 2012. She is currently working on her PhD in the same field.

Course Format

Week 1: Beginnings
Week 2: Writing and Numerals in Ancient Egypt
Week 3: Architecture and Astronomy in Ancient Egypt
Week 4: Women in Ancient Egypt
Week 5: Medicine in Ancient Egypt


This is an introductory course, no knowledge of history or Egyptology is required.

How To Join This Course

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