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Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds

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'The photographs are strangely eerie (ghostly divers clambering over colossal statues lying on the seabed); the text clearly explains the historical importance of the finds' - TLS

Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds - British Museum

Beneath the waters of Mediterranean, at the edge of the Nile Delta, lie the submerged remains of ancient the Egyptian cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. These cities sank over 1,000 years ago but were dramatically rediscovered in the late 20th century. 

Their discovery is transforming our understanding of the deep connections between the great ancient civilisations of Egypt and Greece. Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects showcased in this book range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery.

This handsome book traces the founding of Thonis-Heracleion, Naukratis and Canopus as trading and religious centres to the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, through to the suicide of Cleopatra, and the ultimate dominance of Rome. It shows how Greeks and Egyptians lived alongside one another in these lively cities, sharing their politics, religious ideas, languages, scripts and customs; how Greek kings adopted the regalia of the pharaoh; and how ordinary Greek citizens worshipped in Hellenic sanctuaries next to Egyptian temples.

This book accompanies the critically acclaimed exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds at the British Museum.

One of the TLS books of the year 2016.

  • Author: Franck Goddio, President, European Institute for Underwater Archaelogy; Aurelia Masson-Berghoff, Curator, British Museum
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Date published: September 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0500292372 - Paperback
               978-0500051856 - Hardcover
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 25.3 cm

★★★★★ 'spectacular' - Evening Standard

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★★★★  ‘magnificent… a superb exhibition’ - The Telegraph

'mesmerizing' - Wall Street Journal

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