March 14, 2019
The sunken cities off the Alexandrian coastline offer unparalleled insights into the lives of people who lived, worshiped, and traded at the edge of Egypt’s Great Green Sea. This lecture will use the discoveries by Franck Goddio and the Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine in the port city of Thonis-Heracleion to trace its development through key periods of its history: the early years when Egyptians first met trading and raiding Greeks, the port’s growth into the most important international trading center in Egypt, and its later years as a vibrant religious center.
Damian Robinson is an associate professor of maritime archaeology in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he is also the director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA). He is a classical archaeologist who is interested in ancient seafaring and seafarers in the Mediterranean and beyond.