Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Movie Review: ‘Egypt: Faith After the Pharaohs’ Review

By Christian C. Sahner
Limestone sculpture of Horus wearing Roman military costume (1st–2nd century).
UNITED KINGDOM---I confess I was initially wary that current concerns about sectarianism and the Arab Spring would color the show, especially given the video about Muslim-Christian relations in modern Egypt that greets visitors as soon as they enter the galleries. The exhibition, however, is a masterly and evenhanded take on a world that defies easy stereotypes. In first-millennium Egypt, pagans, Jews, Christians and Muslims lived on top of one another, often in tense, cacophonous competition. Yet it is precisely this competition that served as a catalyst for their terrific creativity, a creativity the curators at the British Museum have highlighted so ably. [link]