Egypt Down Under

The culture of Egypt has been amazingly influential on Australia from early colonial times, through the Great War and into the 1930s and 40s. This course will look at monuments, architecture, gardens and artefacts which are hidden around Australia and reflect our admiration (indeed our obsession) for ancient Egypt. We will meet some Australians who have had a crucial role to play in the development of Egyptology, and visit some Egyptian collections housed within Australian institutions.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • An introduction to the influence of ancient Egyptian culture on western art and architecture and how the fascination for ancient Egypt touched Australian society.
  • Discover the secret world of Egyptian influenced architecture and art in Australia – including monuments, tombs, buildings and fine arts.
  • A study of Australians who had significant influence and input into the study of Egyptology.
  • Visit some of the significant collections of Egyptian art in Australia and view a selection of some of their most memorable and unusual artefacts.
  • Pay tribute to the Australian soldiers of WW1, who were stationed near the pyramids at Giza en route to the battlefields of France, Belgium and Gallipoli, through their postcards, souvenirs and photographs of Egypt.

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:*

  1. A deeper appreciation of an obscure aspect of Australian cultural development and history.
  2. Preparation for your own personal tour of Egyptian inspired monuments and collections around Australia.
  3. Raise awareness of the significant contributions of Australians to the study of Egyptology.
$79 Limited / $71

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14 Jan