Herodotus Returns

2,000-year-old Ptolemaic statue found in Egypt
May 9, 2010, 9:24 am
Filed under: Egypt, Zahi Hawass | Tags: , ,

Archaeologists in Egypt have unearthed a statue dating to the Ptolemaic period. Ringmaster Zahi Hawass is in true form, calling the  statue “among the most beautiful carvings in the ancient Egyptian style.” Hate to sound jaded, but it seems like everything Hawass touches garners hyperbole and superlative, while anything he does not discover (Cambyses’ army in November; cave system beneath Giza) is fraudulent or at least unremarkable. This makes me think of a story from a few months ago about Hawass announcing that he would to New York to deliver a speech about the repatriation of Egyptian artifacts from the Met. He gave the speech all right – right before reading from and signing copies of his new book about Cleopatra. He’s done extraordinary things to bring Egyptology and archaeology to the masses, but, ultimately, he’s out for himself.

An Egyptian-Dominican team made the discovery at the temple of Taposiris Magna, west of the coastal city of Alexandria, said a statement from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Alexandria was the seat of the Greek-speaking Ptolemaic Dynasty, which ruled Egypt for 300 years, until the suicide of Queen Cleopatra.

The statue’s height is 53 inches and its width at the shoulders is 22 inches.

Hawass said the statue could belong to King Ptolemy IV and represented the traditional shape of an ancient Egyptian king wearing collar and kilt.

More on the statue from The Telegraph.


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