Relief with Titles of Alexander the Great in Hieroglyphs, 323-305 B.C., Unknown. Egyptian, painted limestone. Image © Fondation Gandur pour l'Art, Genève, Switzerland. Photo: Sandra Pointet

The Fantasy of Ancient Egypt from Classical Greece to the Present Day


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

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From the ancient Greeks and Romans to the 19th century, European scholars have been fascinated by pharaonic Egypt. They imagined that the land of the Nile was the oldest and most learned of all civilizations. But it was not until 1822 that the science of modern Egyptology commenced. Jeffrey Spier, senior curator of antiquities, examines the endurance of Egypt's mysterious allure.

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