Macedonian conquest of Egypt, its consequences and its reflection in literature and art were the subject of an international workshop at the University of Warsaw towards the end of 2011. Its aim was to explore the means by which Alexander’s successors, the Ptolemies — who successfully ruled Egypt for three centuries and made it once more a brilliant kingdom — systematically elevated and propagated Alexander’s memory by identifying themselves with the deceased hero and reusing his visual and literary heritage.
The colourful personality of Alexander the Great has been memorialised in fiction, films and biographies. His death and multiple burials have long held fascination. Indeed, the search for his tomb continues. Seeking clues from material remains, today’s scholars continue to unravel the compelling mysteries that surround his brief stay in Egypt. Read more.