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When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra
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June Samaras
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When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra

http://isaw.nyu.edu/exhibitions/wgre

When the Greeks Ruled Egypt: From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra examines
the interactions between Greek and Egyptian cultures during the nearly
300-year period when Egypt was under Greek rule. With some 150 objects, the
exhibition reveals the many and diverse ways in which cultural tropes were
strategically used by Egypt’s Ptolemaic rulers as a means of asserting
power and provoking loyalty among the conquered population. In the process,
it also reveals the intense familial intrigue that characterized the
Ptolemies as they sought to maintain their position.
In exploring the ways in which two long-lasting, very different cultural
traditions were brought together, the exhibition shines a light on the
fluidity of the very idea of specific cultural identity. Indeed, When the
Greeks Ruled Egypt has great contemporary resonance, reminding us that the
use of culture—and family—for political ends is hardly unique to our era.
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