Branko van Oppen

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).

Was Cleopatra beautiful?

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Was Cleopatra beautiful?

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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?

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.