Lecture: Olaf Kaper - "What really happened to the Lost Army of Cambyses? An answer from the recent excavations at Amheida"

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Thursday, 19 February 2015 - 6:00pm
<p>Herodotus preserves a story of how a Persian army of 50.000 soldiers was sent into the desert and disappeared in a sandstorm. This tale has always captured the imagination and many expeditions have searched for the remains of this army. Recent excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis, have unexpectedly shed light on this mythical event. An Egyptian insurgency, led by a certain Petubastis, may have been much more important than was previously believed, and we may have to search for a battlefield rather than the remains of an army buried in sand.<br /> <br /> Olaf E. Kaper is professor of Egyptology at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/UniversiteitLeiden" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17.9200000762939px;">Universiteit Leiden / Leiden University</a>&nbsp;and Associate Director of the mission of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/NYU" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17.9200000762939px;">New York University</a>&nbsp;at the site of Amheida, Dakhla Oasis. Previously he worked as assistant Director at the NVIC.</p>