時間星期三 12:30 - 14:15
課程講師 蒲慕州 (email@example.com)
助教 CHEN Mengjia (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Week 1. Introduction: The Myth of Egypt throughout History
a. Greek and European Views of a Mythical Egypt
b. The Mystery Unveiled: The Story of Modern Egyptology
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第一章; Ian Shaw, Chapter 1
Week 2. The Basic Facts
a. Geography and Climate
b. Race and Language
c. Sources of History
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第二章; Ian Shaw, Chapter 2-3
Week 3. Political Organization
a. The “Unification” of Egypt
b. The Organization of Government
c. The Provincial administration
d. The Army and Empire building
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第三章; Ian Shaw, Chapter 4
Week 4. The Pyramids
a. The Beginning of Stone Architecture
b. The Evolution of the King’s Tombs
c. Technological aspects of the Pyramids
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第四章; Ian Shaw, Chapter, 5; Smith, Chapters 4-7.
Week 5. Religious Beliefs
a. Religion: Definition Problems
b. The Pyramid Texts and Religious Systems
c. The Nature of the Gods
d. The Egyptian Temple and Funerary Cults
e. Ethics and Religion
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第五章; H. Frankfort, Ancient Egyptian Religion, chapters 1-4.
Week 6. Daily life of the commoners
a. Agriculture and food
b. Husbandry and fishing
c. Domestic industries
d. Entertainment and sport
Kasia Szpakowska, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: Recreating Lahun, chapters 4-5
Week 7. Egypt as a Political Power
a. The Beginning of the Egyptian Empire
b. The Amarna Period
c. The Remesside Period
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第八章; Ian Shaw, Chapter 8-9
Week 8. The Principle of Egyptian Art
a. Rules of Painting and Sculpture
b. Canon and Proportion
c. Function and Esthetics
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第九章; Smith, Chapters 8-10.
Week 9. Literature
d. Religious literature
e. Official texts
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第六,七章; Ian Shaw, Chapter 7; Harris, chapter 9.
Week 10. Science and Technology
a. Writing system
b. Stone Masonry
Harris, chapters 2, 4, 5.
Week 11. The Transformation of Egyptian Civilization
蒲慕州,《法老的國度》第十,十一章; Ian Shaw, Chapter 12-15.
Week 12. The Modern myth of Ancient Egypt
S. MacDonald & M. Rice, Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10.
Week 13. Conclusion and Review
Assessments: (All discussions and assignments should be done in English)
Each student is required to participate all the tutorial classes, and need to submit one tutorial report (1000-1500 words). The PPT of tutorial papers shall be presented in class in week 6-10 (exact date to be arranged).
Notice of class activities
Read assigned readings before each class, take notes, pose a question and send to the professor and TA one day before class. This shall begin from week 2 to week 11. The question should be written in the form of a short paragraph, stating the reason for you to ask the question, what is your own view? If you have different view from what you read, state your reason. In a word, we need a question that is the result of careful reading and thinking. The questions will be discussed in the tutorial sessions.
Week 2: write a personal statement about your interest in history, and explain why.
Week 2-11: send in at least one question/comment on the weekly readings one day before class. The quality of the question will count toward your final score of the course. The questions should be sent to the professor and the TA.
Week 6: term paper topic and outline due before class. Contact the teacher for paper topic.
Week 6-10: ppt presentation of tutorial paper in class (order of presentation to be arranged).
Week 11-13: ppt presentation of term paper (order of presentation to be arranged)
Term paper and tutorial paper due two weeks after semester ends
Send in your questions and reports to both the instructor and the TA.
Format of term paper: (between 4000-5000 words)