Instructor: Dr. Stephen Phillips, Curatorial Research Coordinator, Egyptian Section, Penn Museum This course will explore several topics in relation to ancient Egypt. We’ll talk about the diet of the ancient Egyptians, based on archeology as well as how many of Egypt’s food groups eventually spread into the Mediterranean world of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. This class will also discuss why ancient Egyptian mummies hold such a fascination in popular culture through the history of Western civilization’s centuries-long interaction with ancient Egypt’s human remains. We’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, The Tomb of Tutankhamun. Hidden in the famed Valley of the Kings, burial place of Egypt’s New Kingdom pharaohs, the tomb had laid nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years until its discovery by an English archaeologist, Howard Carter.