Mummy of Herakleides
Getty conversations


During ancient Egypt’s last dynasty, a massive cultural exchange occurred between Greeks and Egyptians.

A conversation with Dr. Sara E. Cole, Antiquities Department, Getty Museum and Dr. Steven Zucker, Executive Director, Smarthistory, in front of Mummy of Herakleides, 120–140 C.E., Romano-Egyptian. Human and bird remains; linen, pigment, beeswax, gold, and wood, 175.3 x 44 x 33 cm. Getty Villa, Los Angeles.

During ancient Egypt’s last dynasty, a massive cultural exchange occurred between Greeks and Egyptians, then reflected in art and cultural practices. Learn how this Greco-Egyptian legacy influenced portrayals of the dead, such as for Herakleides.

Getty has joined forces with Smarthistory to bring you an in-depth look at select works within our collection, whether you’re looking to learn more at home or want to make art more accessible in your classroom. This six-part video series illuminates art history concepts through fun, unscripted conversations between art historians, curators, archaeologists, and artists, committed to a fresh take on the history of visual arts.


View this work on the Getty Museum’s website

Meet the Portrait Mummy of Herakleides (Getty)

Investigating Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt (Getty interactive on Google Arts and Culture)

Lorelei H. Corcoran, Marie Svoboda, Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011)

Roman Egypt on The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History


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Cite this page as: Dr. Sara E. Cole and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Mummy of Herakleides
Getty conversations," in Smarthistory, March 28, 2022, accessed September 25, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/mummy-of-herakleides-getty-conversations/.