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HIST4390

HIST 4390

Ancient Egypt: History, Art, Religion and Modern Perceptions

(2019-20 Sem2)

 

Instructor:Professor Poo Mu Chou

Office:KHB 102
Email: muchoupoo@cuhk.edu.hk

Language of Instruction: English

Location: UCA 104, Wed 10:30am-12:15pm

TA: Guo Yejia

 

Introduction

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.

本課程之目的在提供學生有關古埃及文明之基礎知識,包括歷史,藝術,宗教,文學,社會,科技等方面之主題。此外,學生亦有機會經由埃及之例子學習到現代人有關古代文明之觀念是如何形成的,如古埃及形象在西方歷史中的轉變,以及近代以來埃及主題在藝術,文學及電影中的呈現。希望學生在學習本課程之後,能夠對埃及這古老文明及社會有進一步確切的瞭解,並且能夠發展出反省歷史及歷史知識之性質的能力,意識到歷史知識可以如何在人們的有意無意之中被利用或者曲解。