what exactly do you mean by "material culture"? i think that a good place to start would be with cleopatra and mark antony. she was egypt's last "pharaoh", after her death egpyt became a roman providence..
the roman city of alexandria would also be a good example. it was located at the mouth of the nile and had the lighthouse at alexandria which was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, also the library of alexandria was/is the most famous library ever.
i know this is a wiki page but it might help out a bit...
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