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AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World

"AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World" explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. It examines the special place Egypt occupied in the history of the ancient world and its long-lasting hold on the culture and imagination of its conquerors.

Introduction

AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World explores Egypt in the time of the Greeks and Romans. Conquered by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, the country was ruled by a Macedonian dynasty, the Ptolemies, before becoming part of the expanding Roman Empire. As the province of Aegyptus, Egypt was an important part of the Roman state until the sixth century CE. This exhibition examines the special place Egypt occupied in the history of the ancient world and its long-lasting hold on the culture and imagination of its conquerors. Artifacts from Egypt will be displayed alongside works from the Greco-Roman tradition to highlight the connections between these cultures and debt owed ancient Egypt

Works in the Exhibition

"Mummy Portrait Mask," Egyptian, ca. second century CE, painted on wood with applied gilt leaf. Museum Purchase, Adela Wood Smith Trust. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

"Mummy Portrait Mask," Egyptian, ca. second century CE, painted on wood with applied gilt leaf. Museum Purchase, Adela Wood Smith Trust. Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Visiting the Exhibition

February 2, 2017 - July 15, 2018

    Walker Gallery