Course Details

972: The Mummy: From Ancient Egypt to Modern Horror

July 11-13
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

People have long been intrigued by mummies. This study group will look at the mummy in history, literature, and film. We will begin with a discussion of mummification in ancient Egypt, how it was done, and why. We will then look at public fascination with Egypt and mummies in the 19th and 20th centuries, culminating in the discovery of the tomb of King Tut in 1922 and the so-called mummy's curse. Finally, we will examine the place of the mummy in modern horror films.

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Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

John Parascandola

John Parascandola has a PhD in the history of science. He has served on the faculties of the Universities of Wisconsin and Maryland and as a historian in the federal government. He is the author of several books. Dr. Parascandola has led several previous study groups for OLLI, including a version of this particular class.