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Mystery Surrounding Lost Army of Persian King Cambyses II May Have Been Solved
Sci-News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Enrico de Lazaro

Posted on 06/21/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cambyses II, the oldest son of Cyrus the Great, sent his army to destroy the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis. 50,000 warriors entered the Egypt’s western desert near Luxor. Somewhere in the middle of the desert the army was overwhelmed by a sandstorm and destroyed.

Although many scientists regard the story as a myth, amateur as well as professional archaeologists have searched for the remains of the Persian soldiers for many decades.

Prof Kaper never believed this story. “Some expect to find an entire army, fully equipped. However, experience has long shown that you cannot die from a sandstorm,” he said.

Prof Kaper argues that the lost army of Cambyses II did not disappear, but was defeated.

“My research shows that the army was not simply passing through the desert, its final destination was the Dakhla Oasis.”

“This was the location of the troops of the Egyptian rebel leader Petubastis III.”

“He ultimately ambushed the army of Cambyses II, and in this way managed from his base in the oasis to reconquer a large part of Egypt, after which he let himself be crowned Pharaoh in the capital, Memphis.” ...

During the past ten years, Prof Kaper has been involved in excavations in Amheida, in the Dakhla Oasis.

Earlier this year, he deciphered the full list of titles of Petubastis III on ancient temple blocks.

“That’s when the puzzle pieces fell into place,” Prof Kaper said.

“The temple blocks indicate that this must have been a stronghold at the start of the Persian period. Once we combined this with the limited information we had about Petubastis III, the excavation site and the story of Herodotus, we were able to reconstruct what happened.”

(Excerpt) Read more at sci-news.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: cambyses; egypt; elkhargeh; godsgravesglyphs; herodotus; lostarmy; olafkaper; pereset; persianarmy; persianempire; petubastisiii
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Persian warriors, a detail from the frieze in Darius' palace in Susa. Pergamon Museum / Vorderasiatisches Museum, Germany. Image credit: Mohammed Shamma / CC BY 2.0.

Persian warriors, a detail from the frieze in Darius' palace in Susa. Pergamon Museum / Vorderasiatisches Museum, Germany. Image credit: Mohammed Shamma / CC BY 2.0.

1 posted on 06/21/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

As good a theory as any.


2 posted on 06/21/2014 7:10:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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Note: remains of small groups of Persian soldiers have indeed turned up, and none of them AFAIK show any sign of death in combat. Also note that the archaeologist claims that it’s not possible to die in a sandstorm, a claim that is ridiculous on its face. It’s unlikely that an entire 50,000 man army will be found in formation buried in the desert — it’s perfectly reasonable to figure that zero visibility led to groups of various sizes going off in various directions. Also, given the details in Herodotus’ account — and we know that he was basically always reliable as a reteller of what he hear or a when he described what he saw — suggests that a small number of survivors managed to return to make report, and that’s not surprising at all.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/cambyses/index


3 posted on 06/21/2014 7:10:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Mystery...

The Butler usually did it. Or Colonel Mustard in the Den with a lamp.


4 posted on 06/21/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Renfield.

5 posted on 06/21/2014 7:11:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Having read the account of Alexander’s troop march home from the Indus through southern Persia, I can totally believe that.


6 posted on 06/21/2014 7:16:12 PM PDT by spyone (ridiculum)
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video from 2009:

http://news.discovery.com/history/videos/archaeology-ancient-lost-army-found.htm


7 posted on 06/21/2014 7:22:22 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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video from 2009:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ENizFYf96Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzsi1LFZV4w&feature=player_embedded


8 posted on 06/21/2014 7:27:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Hmmm. Re-curved bows long before the long bow.
9 posted on 06/21/2014 7:31:41 PM PDT by Does so ("Miranda Warnings" and loss of "Common-Law Marriage" = 2 Big Mistakes...)
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To: Does so
Good observation on the bow.

They're all black and curly hair.

10 posted on 06/21/2014 7:35:49 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv

http://300spartanwarriors.com/persepoliswarriorimages.html


11 posted on 06/21/2014 7:38:09 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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from the grouch:

http://rogueclassicism.com/2009/11/13/cambyses-lost-army-found-dont-eat-that-elmer/


12 posted on 06/21/2014 7:39:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sandstorm? If Obama were there he would have blamed a youtube video.


13 posted on 06/21/2014 7:39:14 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: spyone

Yes indeed.

The idea that the Persians would undertake a march through a pretty daunting desert would also not be surprising, given the conditions in much of their empire in Asia.


14 posted on 06/21/2014 7:41:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: GeronL

:’)


15 posted on 06/21/2014 7:42:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Does so; Sacajaweau

Thanks. The Egyptians used re-curved bows as well.


16 posted on 06/21/2014 7:43:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Bullish

“the oldest son of Cyrus the Great, sent his army to destroy the Oracle of Amun at Siwa Oasis. 50,000 warriors entered the Egypt’s western desert” under the command of general Gorges Bushtes. And the rest is, as we say, history according to Democritus.


17 posted on 06/21/2014 7:48:23 PM PDT by Holdem Or Foldem (Life isn't fair, so wear a cup.)
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s my shower wall!


18 posted on 06/21/2014 7:48:55 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just remember Desert One in the Iranian desert and it is clear what a sandstorm can do even to modern armies.


19 posted on 06/21/2014 7:56:14 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Holdem Or Foldem

Hmm, under George Bush?


20 posted on 06/21/2014 8:13:05 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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