East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Researching Egyptian Art for Fun and Profit


And talking about courses…
Today I decided that Dutch is not the language for me. I tried it on both Duolingo and in a MOOC from Futurelearn, and in the end I surrendered. I can’t make it.
Not at this time.
A pity, really, but I’ll save it for the summer to give it another go.

On the other hand, I am about to start a 30-hours introductory course on ancient Egyptian art – because enrolling in an online course is still the best way to research a novel.
And a course on Egyptian art will help me with both the current AMARNA project and the Corsair story I am preparing for early next year.


The course is offered for free by the Open University in collaboration with the British Museum, and I’ll also get me a certificate of participation in the end.
What’s not to like about this?

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

2 thoughts on “Researching Egyptian Art for Fun and Profit

  1. I can’t actually speak Dutch, but my German makes it possible to understand spoken and written Dutch, Afrikaans too. Similarly I watch German films with Swedish subtitles.
    But now I need to learn Italian in order to read Startegie Evolutive 🙂
    Thanks for the tip on The Open University, and I wish you good hieroglyphics!


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