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Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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This Egyptian mummy head cover from the 1st century B.C. will be one of many artworks discussed by Mary Greuel at the last lecture of ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Northern Illinois University.

ALPHA: Friends of Antiquity announces the last lecture of the spring 2014 series. Lecture 391 will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Jack Arends Visual Arts Building, Northern Illinois University campus. Mary Greuel, The Elizabeth McIlvaine assistant curator of ancient art at the Art Institute of Chicago will present an illustrated lecture, “When the Greeks Ruled: Egypt After Alexander the Great.”

Exhibition curator Greuel will give an overview of the installation “When the Greeks Ruled: Egypt After Alexander the Great,” which will be on view at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago until July 27.

Throughout the first millennium B.C., the ancient Greeks visited Egypt often as tourists, traders, diplomats and soldiers. But it was not until Alexander the Great (d. 323 B.C.) conquered the Persian Empire that Greeks took over as rulers of the wealthy province of Egypt.

The resulting political shifts influenced the artwork that was produced for Egypt’s upper classes, which was at the time comprised of Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. This confluence of cultures is represented by more than 75 artworks including gilded mummy masks, luxury glass, magical amulets and politically purposed portraits that show the integration of foreign styles and which pay tribute to the enduring legacy of ancient Egypt’s distinctive visual culture.

ALPHA was founded in 1971 and is dedicated to the study of the ancient world. It has sponsored 390 lectures by experts in the fields of architecture, literature, philosophy, history and art. All lectures are free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments are always served.

Before each lecture an informal dinner takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Hillside Restaurant, 121 N. Second St., DeKalb. Call Prof. Dimitri Liakos at 815-787-6478 for reservations and information.

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