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π“‚€ "Stranger Things" in Ancient Egypt: Lesser-Known Facts Along the Nile π“‚€

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When you think of ancient Egypt, you probably think of the pyramids, Cleopatra or King Tut. This 6-week class will divulge strange facts about these famous characters and other unusual features about ancient Egypt.
Ilene Sennuwy Springer
Average rating: 4.9Number of reviews: (158)
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Meets 1x per week
Over 6 weeks
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will learn:
1. How important enrichment classes are, including this one, and others in the arts and in those subjects not considered part of a core, academic curriculum.

2. Cultural diversity:  The practices that amaze or shock us now in modern times were often a regular and acceptable part of the lives of ancient cultures.  This also applies to the attitudes and practices of different cultures in the world today.

3. Learners will also discover how archaeologists and historians determine typical life from unusual behavior among ancient peoples. 

I specialize in classes with no more than four students.  I interact a lot with learners in my classes (showing antiquities from my classroom, plus images and videos).  I motivate students to share their opinions and ideas, mistakes and triumphs.  I love it when kids laugh.  If it works, as it often does in small classes, we can all stay unmuted - unless there is background noise.

After the class, I message students (and their parents/caretakers), telling them how their child did.  I also include some extra files for their interest and encourage learners to discover more about ancient Egypt on their own.

Prerequisite: Ability to operate ZOOM as a student, knowing how to enter class, mute and unmute self and operate the video.  This class is for anyone who is interested in ancient Egypt.  It's fine if students have taken similar classes previously - or not.
I hold a Diploma in Egyptology from Oxford College in England and a Certificate of Museum Studies from Harvard University. Additionally, I’ve been to Egypt three times on personalized, educational tours.

I've been captivated by ancient Egypt since I was 10 years old.  And I feel it's my destiny to share my enthusiasm for and expertise on this beautiful and brilliant 5000-year-old civilization with all of you.  I hope to see you soon for a class.  I think you'll agree that The Egyptian Room is an attractive, fun and inspiring place to learn. 
There is no homework between classes.   I do encourage students to look at the quiz I send them before each class.
Β 1Β file available upon enrollment
There are no supplies or materials needed for this series.
As this is an enrichment class, I only do an informal assessment at the end of the series. I send students a fun quiz (actually a learning tool) to take before the beginning of each class.  And we will go over the quiz together at the beginning of the lesson and then we'll review the questions and see what students have retained at the end. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Throughout these classes, we will see images of nudity in ancient Egyptian art.  In the lesson on Cleopatra, there are discussions on infidelity, bearing children outside of marriage, and a video on Cleopatra's suicide by a snake.
I  use a number of primary and secondary materials from experts on the various subjects covered in the classes.  Each week has several resources; the ones listed here are one of many sources for that week's topic:

Week 1. 
√Cleopatra and Rome (book/research) by Diana E. E. Kleiner. "In this story, Cleopatra's death was not an end but a beginning--a starting point for a wide variety of appropriations by Augustus and his contemporaries that established a paradigm for cultural conversion."
√ Cleopatra: A Life  (book) by Stacy Schiff. " Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator."

Week 2.
√ The Tears of Re: Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt (book) by Gene Kritsky.
"According to Egyptian mythology, when the ancient Egyptian sun god Re cried, his tears turned into honey bees upon touching the ground. For this reason, the honey bee was sacrosanct in ancient Egyptian culture."

Week 3.
√ Ancient Egypt: Family Life (book) by Stewart Ross.  Covers all aspects of family life including love and marriage in ancient Egypt.

Week 4.
√Ancient Egyptian Medicine from the Scholarly Community Encyclopedia
https://encyclopedia.pub/entry/30441. Covers drugs and nutrition in ancient Egypt.

Week 5
√Discoveries and Inventions: Ancient Egyptians (book) by Jane Shuter.  
"Introduces the discoveries and inventions of ancient Egypt, including locks, lighthouses, mathematical discoveries, and the writing they used."

Week 6.
√ Tutankhamun: The Search for an Egyptian King by Joyce Tyldesley. "Egyptologist Joyce Tyldesley unshrouds the enigmatic king and explores his life and legacy as never before, and offers a compelling new window onto the world in which he lived."

Meet the teacher

Ilene Sennuwy Springer
Average rating: 4.9Number of reviews: (158)

Welcome to "The Ancient Egyptian Room!" 

You never know what's going to happen in here.  One time during a class, I asked a question about Cleopatra, and a voice from somewhere - not from the students - answered it.  We...Β 
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