Cambyses Lost Army? The Plot Thickens …

Prom Iran’s PressTV:

A group of Iranian archeologists is planning to go to Egypt to study the remains of a great Persian army in the Sahara desert.

Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (ICHTO) Hamid Baqaei announced on Sunday that Egypt had agreed for the Iranian group to conduct studies there.

Two Italian brothers claimed to have found the remains of a great army sent by the Persian King Cambyses II to attack the Oasis of Siwa 2,500 years ago.

Egypt’s chief archeologist Zahi Hawass, however, rejected the discovery as “unfounded and misleading,” adding that as the Italian brothers had not been granted legal permission to excavate in Egypt their claims of having made a discovery was not credible.

“We have sent a letter to Egyptian cultural heritage officials and they have implicitly confirmed the existence of the remains of the Persian army,” IRNA quoted Baqaei as saying.

“They have also stated that the finds belong to the Egyptian government.”

… which is interesting given that any Iranian source I’ve ever seen on this has gone to great lengths to point out how Herodotus’ account doesn’t make sense. They seem to be setting out to prove a negative …

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iii idus januarias

ante diem iii idus januarias

  • Carmentalia begins (day 1) — a two-day festival (with a three day break between the days) in honour of the deity Carmenta, who was possibly a goddess of both childbirth and prophecy.
  • 49 B.C. — Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon (by another reckoning)
  • ?? B.C. — dedication of the Temple of Juturna in the Campus Martius
  • 29 B.C. — Octavian closes the doors of the Temple of Janus, signifying the Roman world was at peace