Egyptian culture lasted so well for so long because they rarely changed. They retained old ways and this made everyone in the country have a sense of togetherness. In 30 BC, Egypt was abosrbed into the Roman empire, changing it irreversably. The last hieroglyphics were made before 400 AD, and this signalled the coming of the end for their culture and art. The last remaining pagan temples were closed in the 500s, AD. Most of these changes were due to the attack of Christianity and the rule of people like Ptolemy, who caused a European sway in the culture. In the year 640 AD, the Arab invasion was an attack on language and Arabic began to muscle Egyptian out as main language. Eventually Islam became the main religion. Very little of the old world remains, but it has fascinated our culture for so long that it would be silly to think that it has had to influence at all. Old methods inspired new, and certain very direct nods can be noted in today's world. Just look at the (arguably unpleasant) structures outside France's Louvre!