What really happened to the Lost Army of Cambyses?: An answer from the recent excavations at Amheida, Dakhla Oasis
Lecture | May 26 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 479 Bancroft Library
Olaf Kaper, University of Leiden
Herodotus relates a story of how a Persian army of 50.000 soldiers was sent into the Egyptian 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. It may be time to stop searching for the army buried in sand, and look for other evidence from this important time in Egypt's history.