Branko van Oppen

Branko F. van Oppen de Ruiter is research scholar and curator at the Allard Pierson Museum and Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam, particularly of the Graeco-Roman Egyptian collection. Van Oppen (PhD CUNY 2007) is specialized in early-Ptolemaic queenship, ideology, genealogy and chronology – on which he has published various articles and essays. 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).

Wine culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

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Wine culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

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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.

Amastris

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Amastris

The first Hellenistic queen

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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 girl with the golden wreath

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The girl with the golden wreath

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This article offers a closer look at a mummy portrait of a young woman in the collection of the Allard Pierson Museum.