Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

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The Leverhulme Trust
  • The Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications
  • Christian Levett and the Mougins Museum of Classical Art
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Excavation at Amara West, Sudan

The Greek-Egyptian town of Naukratis in the Nile Delta was a major centre of cross-cultural contact in the ancient world. This catalogue presents the wealth of archaeological finds made in late 19th and early 20th century excavations at the site, well over 17,000 objects that are today dispersed in museums worldwide.

Comprising Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Cypriot objects dating from the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD, it illustrates the rich and varied history of this important site.


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Lead images, from top: pottery bowl (lekane), 620-600 BC; the site of Naukratis in 2011; Petrie Journal 1884–5 © Egypt Exploration Society; Pottery excavated by Hogarth in 1903; Graffiti left by Greek mercenaries at Abu Simbel; seal impression, 26th Dynasty; Artist’s impression of the sanctuary of Amun-Ra; Grand Style chalice, 580-570 BC © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford; amuletic figures, 664-525 BC; limestone relief plaque, Late Period