The Fantasy of Ancient Egypt from Classical Greece to the Present Day
The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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For more than two thousand years, the art and religion of pharaonic Egypt fascinated the ancient Greeks and Romans, who imagined that the land of the Nile was the oldest and most learned of all civilizations but never truly understood the culture. All through the Renaissance and up until the 19th century, European scholars continued to view Egypt as a repository of secret knowledge, but it was not until the decipherment of hieroglyphic writing in 1822 that the numerous historical inscriptions and papyri could be read and the science of modern Egyptology commence. However, even with great strides in analyzing the archaeological record, the fantasy of Egypt as a place of mystery and exoticism is very much alive in the popular imagination. Jeffrey Spier, senior curator of antiquities at the Getty, examines the endurance of Egypt's mysterious allure.
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