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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

Townsend Center for the Humanities, Center for the Tebtunis Papyri (Bancroft Library), Near Eastern Studies


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.


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