17 September - 20 March 2011. To coincide with the Hermitage museum's exhibition on Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) the Allard Pierson Museum presents Alexander's Legacy: Greeks in Egypt. The exhibition charts the impact Alexander the Great made on Egypt, the country where his influence was most greatly felt and where numerous testaments to his legacy can still be seen today.
It was here that Alexander was responsible for introducing western culture to eastern, leading to a merging of many aspects of age-old culture and traditions. This came to be known as Hellenism and led to a renaissance effect on the region's art, technology and science. Even after the mighty Cleopatra's Ptolemaic kingdom fell to the Romans, Alexander's legacy was subsumed by the Roman empire and, over time, by Europe itself.
Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00 Sat-Sun 13.00-17.00
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Alexander's Legacy: Greeks in Egypt
Allard Pierson Museum, Oude Turfmarkt 127, Amsterdam, tel. +31(0)205252556.