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Sunken Cities. Egypt's Lost Worlds

Sunken Cities. Egypt's Lost Worlds - British Museum


Thursday 13th October 2016

Lecture and Exhibition Viewing

Members of the Roman Society visited the exhibition preceded by a lecture from Dr John Taylor.

The lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus lay at the mouth of the Nile, just east of modern Alexandria. Thonis-Heracleion was one of Egypt’s most important commercial centres for trade with the Mediterranean world and, with Canopus, was a major centre for the worship of the Egyptian gods. Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Their amazing discovery by Franck Goddio and his team over the last twenty years is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece. These spectacular underwater discoveries are displayed alongside objects from major Egyptian museums for the first time in the UK.

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