Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Ancient Greek temple discovered underwater

Amazing stuff! Looks like they found a lot of interesting objects like coins and jewellery. It demonstrates that Greeks were allowed to trade and settle in the city during the Saïte dynasty. From the article:

The ruins of an ancient underwater temple have been discovered in the ancient sunken city Heracleion, off Egypt's north coast, described as Egypt's Atlantis.

The city slumped into the sea some 1,200 years ago but since its discovery in 2000 marine archaeologists have been probing to uncover new parts of the settlements.

In the most recent discovery, Egyptian and European divers uncovered the ruin of a temple along with several boats holding treasures like bronze coins and jewellery.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information and the link. The site was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484 - c. 425 BC). Here is the relevant extract from my copy of 'The Histories', Book 2, Section 113:

"On the business concerning Helen, I asked the priests what they knew and this is what they told me. After Alexander [ie. Paris] had abducted Helen from Sparta, he set sail back to his native land, but while he was in the Aegean, violent winds pushed him off course and into the Egyptian Sea. The winds did not let up and so he ended up landing in Egypt -- specifically, at what is nowadays called the Canobic mouth of the Nile and its fish-salting works. Now, there was then, and there still is, a sanctuary of Heracles on the shore there,..."

Check out what happened next here: