Alexandria: Found & Lost
30th Anniversary Lecture
Date: Saturday 15th June 2024 at 2.00 pm
By Dr Chris Naunton
Cost: Free for Members and £4 Visitors
Venue: Coronation Hall Woodley In-Person only 2.00 pm No advance booking required
Alexandria was one of the great cities in the ancient world. Although Alexander the Great had died before the port he had founded could be built, his body was buried there, and it became the capital of the dynasty founded by his general Ptolemy (I), which came to an end with the death of the famous Cleopatra. Her tomb was also in Alexandria (probably!). Over the centuries Alexandria has been the scene of numerous pivotal events in ancient history. Many of its great monuments, including the lighthouse, one of the ancient wonders of the world, have been lost, but traces survived into modern times. Much that remains is now concealed beneath the modern city – Egypt’s second largest – with much more hidden under the waters of the Mediterranean.
Dr Chris Naunton is the President of the Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society and an Egyptologist, writer and broadcaster. His first book, Searching for the Lost Tombs of Egypt, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2018 and his next one, Egyptologists’ Notebooks in October 2020. He has presented or appeared in numerous television documentaries, including The Man Who Discovered Egypt (BBC4 2012), Secrets of King Tut’s Treasures (Channel 5, 2018) and Egypt’s Lost Pyramid (Channel 4, 2019). He was Director (CEO) of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2012 to 2016 and President of the International Association of Egyptologists from 2015 to 2019.