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Guests of the benefit "toast" of the "downriver meeting of the courts" at next Thursday's "Alexander the Great Visits New Orleans" launch, will be the first to see a new book on the origins of the the fleur de lis. 
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Alexander's Fleur de Lis.
Fleur of the Nile NOLA Book Launch: Egyptian Iconography, Local Symbols 

Casey Delmont Johnson, author of Fleur of the Nile, a book that shows the connection between ancient Egypt iconography and the French royal symbol that was adopted in South Louisiana, will be among the many notables on hand to greet Alexander the Great on his upcoming visit to New Orleans.

Johnson says that Alexander would have been as familiar with fleur-like symbols as any Bourbon king because the Egyptians used lotus leaves and other flowers in patterns that predate medieval monarchy. “In fact,” says Johnson, “they adopted these symbols to claim their inherent power.”

Johnson’s new book makes comparisons between the Nile and the Mississippi deltas and shows how Louisiana’s “Kingfish,” Huey P. Long, used Egyptian symbols on the capitol building in Baton Rouge. “The capitol building is the exact height of the Great Pyramid in Ghiza,” he writes.

Johnson, a designer for Roux Brands, and author of another book on the fleur de lis, says that Alexander the Great would have been exposed to the fleur when he entered Egypt as pharaoh. 

"Alexander the Great Visits New Orleans" is a contextual art exhibition including seven epic murals by Morgan Molthrop, contained in a “campaign tent” designed to house them. “Alexander spent most of his life in a tent, going from one end of his vast empire to the other,” he says. “It’s only fitting that for his visit to New Orleans, we provide appropriate accommodations.”

Other notable guests include Morgan Ford, manager of Yelp in New Orleans, who will reign as Queen Roxanne. Margarita Bergen, social reporter, will be Queen Sisygambis. Molly Jahncke will be Alexander's sister, Cleopatra. Artist Keith Duncan is a knight of the court of Alexander. Chuck Perkins will emcee a "meeting of the downriver courts" that will include royalty from various diverse non-traditional Carnival organizations from the downtown community. The culmination of the event will include a performance by Chief Honey and the Wild Bamboulas. Ticket prices include wine and light Caribbean fare. 

For more information and tickets for the January 12th launch event, go to www.meetingofthecourts.com. For more information on Fleur of the Nile, click here.  

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