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This lecture is a curator’s introduction to the British Museum’s exhibition and tells the story of two lost Egyptian cities and their recent rediscovery by underwater archaeologists beneath the Mediterranean seabed. 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.
The talk highlights how the exploration of these two cities – submerged at the mouth of the River Nile for over a thousand years – has transformed our understanding of the intercultural exchange between ancient Egypt and the Greek world during the Late and Ptolemaic Periods (664-30 BC).
Dr Daniela Rosenow, Project Curator of the Sunken Cities exhibition, Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum