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A Greek in Egypt: The Hunter from Naukratis

The Hunter from Naukratis is a spotlight exhibition developed by The British
Museum to explore the encounter between the ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece, Cyprus, Phoenicia, Persia and Rome. At the dawn of the Classical Age, in the 7th century BC, Egypt opened a Mediterranean port at Naukratis, welcoming the peoples of the Mediterranean to trade. There the Greeks were allowed to build sanctuaries in which to worship their gods, whilst nearby large Egyptian temples were also constructed.

The exhibition will explore the fascinating story of these early encounters through the objects of Naukratis, presenting for the first time artefacts from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries from Naukratis found by the pioneering Egyptologist Flinders Petrie after he discovered the site in 1884. 

Central to this story is the unique Cypriot sculpture of a hunter from Naukratis, inscribed with the Greek name Kallias, who dedicated the object to Aphrodite inside her sanctuary at Naukratis.

The exhibition will highlight the ongoing British Museum excavations at Naukratis and display footage of underwater archaeology from the Department of Archaeology at The University of Nottingham. The Hunter from Naukratis will coincide with the major British Museum exhibition Sunken Cities, on the underwater excavations of the contemporary Egyptian ports of Thonis-Herakleion and Alexandria.

A Greek in Egypt events:

(All talks are at 1pm. Please book online or contact Box Office on 0115 846 7777)

Naukratis, An International Port in Ancient Egypt
14 September, Djanogly Recital Hall
Talk focussing on the most recent discoveries by the British Museum fieldwork project in Naukratis and our attempts to reconstruct the city and understand its inhabitants.

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds
7 September, Djanogly Recital Hall

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.

Finding Atlantis: The Archaeology of Sunken Cities
5 October, Djanogly Theatre

In this lecture Dr Jon Henderson will describe his work on sunken cities throughout the world including the survey of the oldest submerged town so far identified – Pavlopetri off the coast of Greece. Could these spectacular sunken sites have inspired the Atlantis myth? As will be revealed there is little in fiction more incredible than the reality of the human past.


Festival of Archaeology: Under The Sea
23 July, 11am-4pm

Discover the wonders of archaeology with free, hands on activities. For everyone

Heritage Open Day
10 September, 12-4pm

The Museum is getting hands-on with history for Heritage Open Day and we will be bringing some of our Mediterranean objects out of storage. Visitors will be able to don a pair of gloves and pick them up for a closer look.


Summer School: Life Force
22 - 26 August. For ages 8-11

Learn new skills that include animation, ceramics and printmaking. For ages 8 - 11


Carol Adlam is an award-winning author and illustrator and the Museum's first artist-in-residence. Find out more about Carol.

Open Studio
Saturday 24 September 12-4pm

Drop in to see Carol's initial work and even take part by drawing or responding in writing.

Workshop: Illustrating People
17 September, 10.30am-12.30pm
Age 18+ £20 (£10 concessions) numbers limited

Illustration-based workshop using artefacts from the exhibition to inspire you to create figurative drawings in the narrative form.

Life Force Summer School

The young people on the Lakeside Arts LIFE FORCE Summer School had the exciting task of making stop motion animations and films to depict the life and the discovery of The Hunter From Naukratis