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Ancient Egypt: History, Art, Religion, and Modern Perceptions

(2013-14 Term 2)


  • Main information

Lecturer: Prof. POO Mu-chou (蒲慕州)
Phone: (852) 39437114 
Office: Room 102, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK, NT, Hong Kong 

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TA: XU, Dongni (徐冬妮)

Lecture Time: Wednesday 14:30-16:15 

Lecture Venue: Science Centre L3

Language: English


  • A brief introduction to this course

This course is designed to give the students basic knowledge of the culture of ancient Egypt. Subjects such as history, art, religion, literature, society, science and technology will be discussed. In addition, the students will also learn through the example of Egypt how our modern perception of ancient culture was formed, subjects such as the changing images of Egypt throughout history in the West, and the modern appropriation of Egyptian themes in art, literature and cinema will be part of the discussion. It is hoped that, by taking this class, the students could obtain a solid and factual based understanding of ancient Egyptian culture, learn to appreciate a different and distant society and culture, and to develop the ability to reflect upon the nature of history and how history and historical knowledge could be formed and utilized or distorted for different objectives.