CAIRO: The Egyptian Museum in Turin is currently hosting a three-stage exhibit showcasing the influence of ancient Egypt on Greek and Roman civilizations.
“The Nile in Pompei” exhibit opened to the public at the Egyptian Museum in Turin Sunday and will run until Sep. 4 before the exhibit moves to the archaeological site of Pompeii; its final leg will be at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.
Featuring 332 ancient Egyptian artifacts from 20 Italian museums, the exhibit focuses on the way the ancient Greeks viewed and absorbed Egyptian mythology and the relevant artistic expression in addition to the spread of Egyptian religion in the Mediterranean region in general, and Italy in particular.
Speaking at a Friday news conference, the Egyptian Museum in Turin Director Christian Greco said “Let’s put the research at the center, let’s go and investigate how Egypt still influences the Mediterranean and the west.”
Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 B.C., thus ending a period of Persian rule. His descendants (the Ptolemies) ruled until 30 B.C. before the Romans took over until around 395 A.D. Both the Greeks and the Romans were influenced by the then 3,000-year-old Egyptian civilization and mythology.