British Museum Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds exhibition catalogue

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. 

Sunken Cities, Egypt's Lost Worlds is a compelling visual guide to these Egyptian cities. It interweaves the history of the region with striking photographs and artworks showing what the ancient cities looked like along with the various statues, sculptures, shrines, amulets, coffins, sunken ships and other artefacts found underwater. 

The fascinating history related in the book is complemented by hundreds of colour photographs depicting artefacts before they were salvaged and then once they had been restored. 

This book is the exhibition catalogue to the critically acclaimed exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds at the British Museum and is a great record of the show as well as a fascinating stand-alone book for anyone interested in Egyptian culture.

One of the TLS books of the year 2016.

  • Author: Franck Goddio, President, European Institute for Underwater Archaeology; 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

★★★★★ 'If Ozymandias is a sonnet to make your spine tingle, this is a show to move you to tears of wonder' - The Times

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

'mesmerizing' - Wall Street Journal

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