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The diffusion of Egyptian culture in the Mediterranean civilization

Starting from Alexandria of Egypt, passing by Delo and landing at Pozzuoli in Campania we can observe the evolution of cults and Egyptian iconographic motifs. The exhibition focuses particularly on Pozzuoli, Cuma and Benevento, with a deepening of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

How much has the Egyptian culture influenced Italy during the Roman period? What were the results of this contamination in the arts and what effect has it had on the daily life from the Hellenistic Age to the Roman Empire? The exhibition presents works of extraordinary beauty, for the first time on display in Turin, such as the frescoes of the Temple of Isis in Pompeii or the House of the Golden Bracelet, over 300 exhibits from 20 Italian and foreign museums.


The aim of the exhibition is to illustrate the encounter between different but intimately and historically-linked cultures. It is a dialogue between Egyptian artifacts of the Pharaonic era and those works of Hellenistic-republican and imperial age who have received and re-read the iconography.

1. Egypt and the Greek world

1. Egypt and the Greek world

Egypt’s reception, before the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizationo and then in the greek world, in the homeland and in the colonial world.

2. Osiris, Isis and Osiriac legend

2. Osiris, Isis and Osiriac legend

The devotion to Osiris, Isis, Horus, and their ancillary gods in Pharaonic Egypt, before these cults were revisited in Alexandria and Rome.

3. Serapis and Isis

3. Serapis and Isis

The reworking of the cults of Osiris-Apis and Isis in Alexandria is the condition of their fortune beyond the borders of Egypt.

4. The Iseus of Benevento

4. The Iseus of Benevento

The Iseus of Benevento, a temple dedicated to Isis, famous for its Pharaonic-age decor.

5. The cult of Isis in Pompeii

5. The cult of Isis in Pompeii

The temple of Isis in Pompeii, the only well-preserved out of Egypt, where the Egyptian themes abound in the frescoes and furnishings.

6. The Golden Bracelet House

6. The Golden Bracelet House

Paintings from the summer dining room, the open-air setting destined for conviviality, of a patrician Pompeian house which enjoyed a wonderful view of the Gulf of Naples.

7. Octavius Quartio's house in Pompeii

7. Octavius Quartio's house in Pompeii

The section is devoted to sculptures from the garden of Octavius Quartio home, one of the largest houses of Pompeii.

8. Other Pompeian houses

8. Other Pompeian houses

Section in which are exhibited two paintings with a Nilotic theme, some statues inspired by the Egyptian pantheon and fauna of the Nile valley, a stone slab that shows a hieroglyphic inscription.

9. Isis in Piedmont: the site in Industria

9. Isis in Piedmont: the site in Industria

The last section is dedicated to the spread of the cult of Isis in Piedmont and in particular in the site of Industria, an important commercial hub in northern Italy known for its bronze-processing workshops.


The connections of the exhibition “Il Nilo a Pompei” with the permanent collections


This course intends to be an extension of the suggestions of the exhibition within the permanent collection. Reported objects were chosen by the editors based on their link with the theme of Osiris and the veneration of the Egyptians gods in Roman-Greek era, widely discussed themes in the exhibition. On the back of the brochure you will find a map of the museum with indications of the finds within the halls. Each will be marked with a red dot.

  • The Osiriac Legend

    According to myth, Osiris inherited from his ancestors the kingship over Egypt and introduced agriculture and justice in the country. Its fertility characteristics and orderly government are is opposed to the chaotic nature of his brother Seth, associated with the desert and the warrior spirit, which killed Osiris out of envy. Resuscitated by his wife Isis, Osiris thus became a "deadly" god, kings of the otherworldly but close to human nature. The son of Osiris, Horus, avenged him waging a long war against Seth from which he emerged victorious.

  • The Book of the Dead

    The Book of the Dead is a collection of spells, a guide to cross the Hereafter. Texts and illustrations have ancient origins. The main scene takes place in the presence of Osiris and other gods of the underworld: the heart of the deceased is placed on the plate of a weighing scale which was offset by a feather. A lightweight, pure heart guaranteed a happy passing afterlife, where the deceased would have lived forever as Osiris. Excessive weight of the heart, however, would be a sign of wickedness and the monster Ammit would devour, causing the true death, that is, the destruction of the soul. A good example of psychostasis (weighing of the heart scene) is located on the papyrus of Taysnakht deceased, but the same representation is also located on the sarcophagi, as in the case of the Iuefdi cover.

  • The Funerary Stones

    The stones were placed in the funeral chapels, where the relatives of the deceased made offerings to ensure their loved ones all that was necessary for a life of ease and comfort in the Hereafter. The texts inscribed on the stones bear the name of the deceased and contain the request to the underworld gods to grant relief items for eternity: among these include bread, beer, and bovine meat and poultry, textiles, incense, ornaments in alabaster and every useful product for the afterlife.

  • Syncretism in Alexandrian age

    After Alexander's victory in 332 BC, Egypt opens the worship of the gods of the classical pantheon, resulting in hybrid divine forms and Egyptian-greek style iconography. The result is Serapis, the syncretic expression of Osiris and Apis, both symbol of generating power of the Nile waters combined with the idea of rebirth connected to Osiris. Isis is associated with Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love. The iconography of the goddess can is often an Egyptian - Greek hybrid. Rounding out the Osirian triad is Horus, always depicted as a naked baby, with the traditional childhood side braid and index finger to his mouth.


Turin, Pompeii and Naples joined by a large exhibition project with a single common denominator: Egypt.
This is the theme of a prestigious exhibition, articulated into three places and four periods, which tells influences and spiritual, social, political and artistic grafts originated by cults and elements of style born or passed through the land of the Nile.
“L’Egitto a Pompei” is the title that unifies the three-venues program, a collaboration between the Egyptian Museum, the Pompeii Superintendence and the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.

The exhibition was created in collaboration with

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