Branko F. van Oppen de Ruiter is freelance exhibition curator and independent scholar specialized in early-Ptolemaic queenship, ideology, genealogy and chronology – on which he has published various articles and essays. Previously he was a visiting research scholar and curator at the Allard Pierson Museum, particularly of the Greco-Roman Egyptian collection. Recent research projects focused on the museum’s terracotta collection as well as the Edfu hoard of Ptolemaic sealings. The latter project has been generously sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund (Amsterdam) and the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles).
To remain relevant in contemporary society, archaeological museums need to engage in the public debate about cultural diversity.
The idea that Cleopatra, the famous last queen of ancient Egypt, owed her powerful position to her beauty persist, but why does her appearance really matter?
What is true now was true in antiquity, too: wine is always good business. Tracing Mediterranean wine culture, this article focuses especially on the last three centuries BC.
The little known wife of the Successor King Lysimachus, Amastris, is arguably the first true Hellenistic queen as she embodies the entanglement of Persian and Greco-Macedonian traditions.
The sculpture group of Laocoön and His Sons, on display in the Vatican since its rediscovery in 1506, is one of the most famous and fascinating statues of antiquity.
This article offers a closer look at a mummy portrait of a young woman in the collection of the Allard Pierson Museum.
An early Ptolemaic queen, Berenice II, ruled alongside her husband Ptolemy III when Hellenistic Egypt was at the height of its power.
One of the most celebrated works of Hellenistic art is without doubt the Nike of Samothrace, on display at the Louvre since 1884.
The entanglement of Graeco-Roman and Indian Buddhist culture is well reflected in Gandharan art dating to the early centuries of our era.
The Allard Pierson and Royal Ontario Museums together possess a unique hoard of Hellenistic clay sealings from Edfu in Egypt.