在筆者學習古代史的過程中，有感本地相關資訊，尤其網上資訊稀缺，以及有感華文媒體有意無意忽略地中海古文明的成就，於是萌生起建立一個博客或網站，本著分享的精神，跟眾多本港及來自全世界網民分享學習地中海古史的得著，於是就有了這個Blog和Facebook Page。這個博客成立的目的，在於把晦澀枯燥的古典史學術文獻消化後，以最淺白易懂的文字總結供大眾閱覽。不過筆者研究歷史資歷尚淺，如文章有錯誤遺漏，還望見諒並請不吝指正。 請容許筆者借此機會衷心感謝各位讀者的支持。
About Zannanza (English)
A member of HK Galden and LIHKG forums, internet blogger, columnist of online media website Polymer. I have background in both Arts, Commerce and Natural Sciences but excel in none of them. The pen name comes from the Hittite prince who was sent to Egypt to marry Ankhesenamun the widow of Tutankhamen by Suppiluliuma I but vanished mysteriously at the Egyptian border during the 14th century BCE. The author writes about Classical world history, covering Greece, Rome, Ancient Near East, and also climatic, technological, architectural and economic history. Articles include "How Rome was Built", "Historical Setting for the Homeric Epic", "The Rise and Fall of the Hittite Empire", "Alexander and the Hellenistic Era" and more.
Background of the founding of this Blog (English)
I first became interested in world history during Secondary School time. I was taught by a very knowledgeable teacher whose wonderful presentation on early modern history captured my attention and raised my interest in this subject. He understood Greek and German and graduated from the International Relations faculty in University of New South Whales of Australia (UNSW), his academic credentials was rare among history teachers in Hong Kong, and I admire his knowledge so much. I studied history under his tutorship and it was an enlightening experience. And because of the growing interest in history, I took history as an elective in Secondary 4 even though I was a science class student. I eventually took the HKCEE public exam and got a distinction in history. However, the secondary school history curriculum was mainly about 20th century history spanning from World War I to the end of cold war, back then my understanding on Classical Antiquity, the Ancient Near Eastern world and ancient Egypt was extremely limited.
I first became interested in the classical history after I watched an epic movie Gladiator which was about the Roman Empire under Commodus. The grandeur of the Roman World presented by the movie shocked me and raised my interest in the ancient history of that time period. I was curious about how those people who lived more than 2,000 years ago built such an advanced civilization using the technology and living standard available at that time. The search for an answer set me off for an unforgettable academic journey: from watching historical documentary by BBC and Discovery Channel, searching introductory information on the internet, to crunching through academic books and papers in university libraries to setting off for a journey in the footsteps of the ancients, visiting Italy, Greece, Turkey, Spain, France and more countries, I gradually developed a basic understanding of the ancient Mediterranean civilization.
In the process of learning ancient history, I deeply felt the serious lack of relevant local information, especially online information, and I felt that local media deliberately play down the importance and achievements of ancient Mediterranean civilizations, this was the reason why I decided to set up a website, blog and Facebook page to share my experience of learning Mediterranean Antiquity history with everyone both from Hong Kong and around the world. This Blog aims at digesting boring and often technical academic literature about ancient history and to paraphrase and summarize them into popular history articles easily understandable by the general audience who do not have a prior background in classical and ancient history. However my knowledge on history is still limited, please forgive me if my articles contain errors and omissions, and I hope you could point it out in your feedback. Please allow me to use this opportunity to say thank you for everyone's support which have made this website possible.
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