Some Remarks on the Assumption of Ancient Egyptian Sea-Going

By Alessandra Nibbi, published August 1979


Nibbi takes issue with Lucien Basch in M.M. 64 (2) (1978),concerning Egyptian seafaring in Antiquity, as no archaeological evidence exists to support the assumption that they ventured across the Mediterranean or Red Sea. The lack of texts or pictorial evidence on ancient reliefs, the lack of a symbol for a sea god and the absence of harbours on the sea do not support Basch’s view. Also disputed is the belief that kbnwt or kpnwt boats could have been used to go to sea, as their association with Byblos is no longer sustainable.

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Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology

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