(urth) An Herodotus account possibly confirmed

James Wynn crushtv at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 09:21:44 PST 2009


"Bones, jewelry and weapons found in Egyptian desert may be the
remains of Cambyses' army that vanished 2,500 years ago."

"According to Herodotus (484-425 B.C.), Cambyses, the son of Cyrus the
Great, sent 50,000 soldiers from Thebes to attack the Oasis of Siwa
and destroy the oracle at the Temple of Amun after the priests there
refused to legitimize his claim to Egypt. After walking for seven days
in the desert, the army got to an "oasis," which historians believe
was El-Kharga. After they left, they were never seen again.

"A wind arose from the south, strong and deadly, bringing with it vast
columns of whirling sand, which entirely covered up the troops and
caused them wholly to disappear," wrote Herodotus."

The tale of Cambyses' lost army, however, faded into antiquity. As no
trace of the hapless warriors was ever found, scholars began to
dismiss the story as a fanciful tale."

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