One of the many reasons Cleopatra VII was notable is she was the only Ptolemy to actually learn the Egyptian language.
hmm... just for clarity for a non westerner, is Germany and France not part of the default West, as they are not anglophones?
also, this was misphrased on my part. I started to mean 'the west', but realized I could only speak to my experience of perceptions of greek-egyption relations in 'the anglophone west' and mis-parenthesized the west as anglophone only.
the above article is good at pointing out that central / continental perspective of the last several hundred years is or has been different from that in the low countries + uk (and it's offshoots).. but seems to ignore the historical background of this w/r/t the protestant reformation (see HRH link ^); prior to this, 'the west' was western christendom, and the general alliance of the same countries generally continues today in modern post-enlightement/secular form (EU/Nato).