Egyptomania! 2000 Years of Ancient Egyptian Madness

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Egyptomania! 2000 Years of Ancient Egyptian Madness

<p>Love Ancient Egypt? You’re not the first! Countless millions have shared your fascination and paid tribute to Egypt’s art, religion and monuments over the centuries. Fly through an Egyptian time

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Love Ancient Egypt? You’re not the first! Countless millions have shared your fascination and paid tribute to Egypt’s art, religion and monuments over the centuries. Fly through an Egyptian time warp from Rome to the Renaissance, Napoleon to Art Deco, and land back in Australia where Egyptian influence struck in some strange and poignant places. As part of the course the lecturer will share her own collection of Egypt influenced artefacts and invites students to bring their own if they wish.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Bricault, L., Versluys, M.J. and P., Meyboom, Eds., 2007, Nile into Tiber: Egypt in the Roman World; proceedings of the IIIrd International Conference of Isis Studies, Leiden
  • Curl, J.S., 1994, Egyptomania: the Egyptian Revival, a recurring theme in the history of taste, Manchester
  • Herodotus, The Histories – written in the mid 5th century BC, chapter 2 is dedicated to Egypt, available in Penguin Classics
  • Humbert, J-M, Pantazzi, M., and Zeigler, C., 1994, Egyptomania: Ancient Egypt in nineteenth century literary culture, New York
  • Perniola, M., 1995, Enigmas: The Egyptian moment in society and art, London and New York
  • Silloti, A., 1998, Egypt Lost and Found: Explorers and Travellers on the Nile, London
  • Versluys, M.J., 2002, Aegyptiaca Romana: Nilotic scenes and the Roman Views of Egypt, Leiden


COURSE OUTLINE
This course is essentially about the influence of Ancient Egyptian art and culture on Western art and popular culture from the period of ancient Greece and Rome all the way through to the modern era. It will include architecture, sculpture, painting, jewellery, decorative arts, music and film and will look for the Egyptians in Europe, America and Australia. There will be an interactive component – participants are invited to bring in objets égyptiens for discussion (but this is not essential!) – padded tables and gloves will be provided to ensure their safety! The tutor will bring her own collection and promises at least one lucky door prize!


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Reflect on a fun and interactive day with a demonstration of the enduring legacy of the ancient Egyptians.
  2. Understand ancient Roman and Egyptian history and ancient sites from an unusual perspectives – from those of the ancient societies themselves, through to the various colonial powers that sought (and fought for) control over Egypt, key archaeological discoveries which influenced the fine arts and how these, and the experiences of WW1 soldiers stationed at Giza brought Egypt back home to Australia.
  3. Enjoy an enhanced appreciation of the chronological development of “Egyptomania” and of the diversity of cultural sites and objects influenced by Egypt since ancient times up to the middle of the 20th century.
  4. Bring to life each building, monument, object or other media studied in this course through their unique individual archaeologies and histories and in the process experience a variety of artefacts from the beautiful, the breathtaking to the downright bizarre!